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With Facebook's foray into e mail, Jonathan Zittrain, professorof law and computer science at Harvard University, said he'd liketo see the company be more open in allowing users to turn tooutside software to process their Facebook activities.
That could lessen the need for people to use communicationstools other than Facebook, said Altimeter Group analyst CharleneLi.
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But love letters can sometimes get into the wrong hands. Runninga communications service within a social network may increase thechances that sensitive information gets exposed. One of the mostcommon complaints about Facebook is that some updates and photosposted on personal pages are seen by more people thanaccountholders intended, either because they misunderstood how toprogram their privacy settings or because of a security breach.
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Right now, Facebook's Messages section is a lot like an e mailinbox. The overhauled version, which will be rolled out to users byinvitation in coming months, brings in cell phone texts, IM chatsand e mails from non Facebook accounts.
Facebook will use what it knows of these relationships to builda social inbox that not only filters out spam but messages it deemsless important from strangers or overly chatty friends, andimpersonal messages such as the phone bill. Those lower prioritymessages will be tossed in a separate folder labeled "Other." Userscan also tell Facebook to automatically block messages that don'tcome from friends.
as a way to deepen itsconnection with the more than 500 million users of its network. Ifit can persuade its vast audience to become faithful users of itse mail service, Facebook conceivably will have more opportunitiesto sell advertising that caters to their likes and dislikes.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Facebook is betting that one day soon, we'll all be acting likehigh school students more texting and instant messaging, at theexpense of e mail. Facebook unveiled a new messaging system Monday,and while CEO Mark Zuckerberg didn't go as far as declaring e maildead, he clearly sees the four decade old technology being eclipsedby more real time ways of communicating.
Google learned the hazards of melding e mail with socializingearlier this year when it planted a Facebook like service called"Buzz" into Gmail. When Buzz launched in February, it was set up ina way that caused many of its early users to inadvertently Miu Miu Card Holder Silver open uplists of e mail contacts to outsiders. The ensuing privacy flapelicited an apology from Google, which also recently settled alawsuit over the misstep.
"We don't think a modern messaging system is going to bee mail," Zuckerberg said.
"We ought to be able to take our lists of friends, or our wallcontents, or our
Jeff Chester, executive director of the Center for DigitalDemocracy, a privacy watchdog group, called Facebook's move intoe mail "deeply disturbing." He said that under the guise of givingusers a new utility, the company "opens up another door that allowsit to closely track how their members communicate."
it will roll out more social networkingfeatures to counter Facebook's growing popularity, and within Gmailit already lets people chat, e mail and make phone calls.
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Zuckerberg dismissed notions that the Facebook service,code named "Project Titan," is a "Gmail killer," as portrayed inthe media. At the same time, he said he thinks more people willforgo lengthy e mail conversations in favor of shorter, moreimmediate chats.
By making e mail part of its communications hub, Facebookescalates its duel with Internet search leader Google Inc., whichshook up online communications 6 1/2 years ago with its Gmailservice. Google has said Fendi Bag Studs
"It may not be a Gmail killer, but it could be nibbler," shepredicted.
Google CEO Eric Schmidt welcomed Facebook's expanded role inonline commmunications. "More competition is always good becausecompetition makes the market larger," Schmidt said in a meetingwith reporters at the Web 2.0 technology summit. "We are all wellserved by having everybody online."
That ambition also could heighten the privacy issues surroundingFacebook as it becomes more deeply ingrained in people's lives andits computers become a treasure trove of personal information.
It could also nibble away at other e mail services fromMicrosoft Corp., Yahoo Inc. and AOL Inc. According to comScore,Microsoft's Hotmail had nearly 362 million unique monthly users inSeptember, the latest available figure. Yahoo mail followed with273 million and Gmail, the fastest growing service, with 193million.
Yahoo, AOL and Microsoft are also working on incorporatingmessages from Facebook, Twitter and other social sites into theirmain e mail systems.
So far, this is not the case. Users will have to keep an activeFacebook account for the messaging service to work. If they decideto leave Facebook, they will lose the messaging service. teens, according to a 2009 survey from the Pew Internetand American Life Project.
What Facebook has that Gmail and others don't have, however, ispeople's real identities, plus a map of their real liferelationships and online interactions something Facebook likes torefer to as the "social graph."
"If we do a good job, some people will say this is the way thatthe future will work," Zuckerberg said.
All the messages stack up in one inbox, and they're organized bythe person sending them rather than the type of technology theyuse.
photo archives easily from one service toanother," he said.
Privacy, to be sure, has been a thorn in 6 year old Facebook'sside since it was born in Zuckerberg's Harvard dorm room.
Facebook says it will store every missive sent between twopeople for eternity, unless they choose to delete it; the companylikens it to this generation's equivalent of a box filled withyears of love letters.
To communicate with a friend, a Facebook user would click on thefriend's name rather than hunt for a phone number or an e mailaddress. If that friend prefers to get text messages, that's howthe message will be seen. If the friend likes e mail, e mail itwill be.
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