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Facebook Messaging: The Death of Email?

Yesterday saw a huge announcement from Mark Zuckerberg, the creator of the hit social networking site Facebook.

With the recent changes and developments in communication social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter have profited. Whether you like social networking or not, it’s here to stay.

Zuckerberg announced the integration of a messaging system into Facebook aka Facebook messaging. So how does Facebook messaging work? It seems slightly confusing so I have broken it down into a few simple chunks:

  • It allows users to combine Text Messages, emails and facebook posts.
  • The user decides which format they receive the message in, for example email or SMS format.
  • It will automatically filter the messages into priorities. In other words the friends that you talk to the most will be top priority.
  • You can set it to recieve messages from friends only. This is being dubbed as the death of dreaded spam emails.
  • And finally, each user will have an @facebook.com messaging account.

At first glance Facebook messaging appears to be a direct competitor for email. However, Mark Zuckerberg said “This is not an email killer. This is a messaging system that includes email as a part of it.” So, if it is not the email killer then is it the phone number killer? According to The Telegraph today, there is a strong possibility that the 10 digit phone number could soon be a thing of the past. With this new Facebook messaging service you will be able to click on a friend and then simply send them a message.

So, there you have it. A very speedy introduction into the new Facebook messaging service. Very interesting I think you will agree! We will just have to wait and see if it has a major impact upon email and SMS.