Palo Alto, Calif. – Facebook on Monday introduced an
overhaul of its messaging system, including the availability of a new Web-based
email service offering @facebook.com addresses. "To be clear, Messages is
not email," Facebook engineer Joel Seligstein wrote in a blog post
announcing the feature. "There are no subject lines, no cc, no bcc, and
you can send a message by hitting the Enter key. We modeled it more closely to
chat and reduced the number of things you need to do to send a message. We
wanted to make this more like a conversation."
The new Messages platform
lets users have real-time conversations with one another, regardless of whether
messages are set up to be received via SMS, chat, email or Messages.
platform will now also save and display everything a user has discussed with
each friend — via chat, email or SMS — as a single conversation.
"social inbox" on the new platform will prioritize messages according
to a user’s relationships.
The Inbox will only contain messages from a user’s
friends and their friends, while all other messages will go into an Other
Facebook said its new Messages platform will be launched gradually to
all of its global users over the next few months.