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Facebook Becomes a Message Hub

Date: 2011-07-06 16:10:51

Ken Klein, Healthy Passwords
July 6, 2011 4:30PM EDT

One of the big announcement from Facebook today is a new messaging system. Facebook is integrating seamless messaging between IM, Email, SMS, Facebook and other formats. To communicate with a facebook user, you won't have to be on facebook. Likewise, a facebook user will be able to send a facebook message to a non-facebook user.

The system is being deployed in waves, so you may not see it for several weeks or months. Once you migrate to the new system, you will have the ability to receive email to YourScreenName@facebook.com. These emails will come into your facebook in one new feed. The feed will be organized by individual and will show a chronological history of every message with that person.

A key feature stressed by the Facebook team was automatic message segregation through the social hierarchy. For example, your main feed will show messages from friends. There will be other feeds for non-friend items. As you receive messages, you can move non-facebook users to your main feed so they will be treated as friends.

The innovative part of this announcement is the variety of inputs which facebook will aggregate into your feeds. To a facebook user on the new system, an SMS, IM, email, or other supported messages will look like a facebook message to the receiver. When the facebook user replies, it will respond via the same messaging system the user sent the message in. For example, if my friend sends me a text message to myScreenName@fb.com, and I reply, they will receive an IM back from me. I will not need to know how the message was sent to reply.

In another part of the same press conference, related another new feature. See: Facebook announces Video Conferencing

Category: Facebook

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