After a few days of media fasting, I sifted through all the articles that I can read about Facebook Messaging or Facebook Mail. Earlier this week, most of them were speculating that Facebook is lunching a free email service. Apparently, that\’s not a case because Mark Zuckerberg said it\’s not email.
Dubbed as the next generation messaging, the goal of Facebook Messages is to make messaging seamless, informal, immediate, personal, simple, minimal and short. It is not a \”Gmail killer\” explained Mark Zuckerberg because it is about messaging and not email. To mark the difference, Facebook created their own version of inbox and called it social inbox. Messages will be delivered in here regardless of the medium.
To understand more about social inbox, Facebook released a video explaining the inspiration in making this next generation messaging. Watch it below.
In the light of the subject, Facebook privacy settings will play a big part in controlling what messages reach your social inbox and which will be blocked. I like the concept of having your own personal do-not-email list.
Just like a new product, it is already criticized for a number of reasons. For instance if you are enjoying Gmail, you are not likely to use Facebook messages soon. Facebook messages also wants to throw everything in your social inbox but some people wants to separate different channels of communications. And last but not the least, Facebook privacy issues are still hot and cold. No one knows how secure it will be. In emails you can at least sign them with certificates. In Facebook there is no option to use HTTPS permanently and it even failed in security tests on HTTP session hijacking.
It is interesting how this will impact the use of email in the long run. Right now the feature is still not rolled out in my account. I\’ll make a review as soon as I get it.