As rumored, Facebook has announced its own email messaging system. Facebook users will soon be able to use the their username @facebook.com as their email address. the email system will be integrated with Facebook’s other messaging systems so that users can access all of their messages from one central location. Facebook’s email also allows its users to freely communicate with friends and family that are not in Facebook. Because of its integrated nature, Facebook claims that its new Messages feature is not an e-mail killer. Just the same, the new service will increase competition with Google and Yahoo, since Facebook users will no longer have a need to use Gmail or Yahoo Mail for personal email. The addition of email to Facebook, is a big step towards Facebook’s dominance of the Web. Some worry that the company is becoming too powerful as it controls increasing amounts of Web user’s personal and private data.
- Facebook Messages Takes Communication Outside [NewsFactor]
- Facebook takes on Google and Yahoo in Web messages [Reuters]