Will You Ditch Your Email for Facebook email?

From a blog post I read on TechChruch last week, it looks like Facebook is expected to introduce a Web-based email service today, which is being referred to internally as a “Gmail killer”.  Although the report says the domain name for the email would be @facebook.com address, but I think it will be fb.com that Facebook recently acquired. We shall find out shortly.

The email service could also potentially integrate Facebook features like photos, events and local deals, and prioritize emails based on the strength of social connections with various contacts.

After Google stopped allowing Facebook to access a user’s Gmail contacts to help build their Facebook friend lists — due to what it called Facebook’s refusal to share data with third parties — Facebook created a technological workaround that restored access to Gmail contacts.

That being said, I think this will open another door for spammers! Not only that, your address might undoubtedly be the same as your profile URL. A bot need only the URL of your page to gain direct access to your inbox. Unless, you use that (hypothetical) user setting to keep your @facebook.com address strictly for personal email and never deal with spam again.

I’m picturing this more as a Google Voice for email. Give out one email address, username@facebook.com, and then depending on your relationship with the sender, it can prioritize and/or filter your emails. Users can already attach multiple email addresses to their facebook accounts, so the system would know if there’s a relationship between you and the email sender.

As for companies that still want to send out newsletters, this would encourage them to establish a Facebook page. Users then have full control over emails from companies.

Hope for the day I offer similar service for my new gig I launched last week –awesomize.me where your will be able to distinguish your qualitative vs. quantitative fans & friends online 🙂

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About Elias Shams
I have been a serial entrepreneur in telecom and social media space for past 12 years or so. I hold a M.S. degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the George Washington University and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. I’ve lived and worked in many countries and cities including London England, Tehran Iran, Bonn Germany, Paris France, Alicante Spain, Delhi India, and my favorite of all Washington, DC of great US of A. Two of the greatest Washington, DC based companies I worked for and very proud of are Yurie Systems which was sold to Lucent in 1998 for $1.23 B and telezoo.com that I founded in 1999. I am currently the founder and awesomizer @ awesomize.me

8 Responses to Will You Ditch Your Email for Facebook email?

  1. Karen Snyder says:

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    Not just yet, but it is handy for communicating with friends whose email address I don’t have!

  2. i completely agree with Karen.. and i think it is more like the use of SMS in comunicating with friends

  3. only if i work for facebook….

  4. Jason says:

    I’ll use my facebook email, been wanting to open a separate account for awhile, looks like it’s going to be done for me automatically

    I still won’t ditch my gmail, but will use both emails for different purposes

  5. Jason says:

    looks like you’re behind events in Iran, you always break new news, but everybody has been talking about facebook email for quite awhile now, with 500 million facebook users, it’s going to be the largest email community in the world

  6. First thing I’ll check is who owns the content. Imagine emailing via FB and being unable to download/own your email.

    Anyway they’re not aiming to replace email according to their announcement today.

  7. Shevonne Polastre says:

    No. I love my Gmail, so I don’t think I would ever switch.

  8. Elissa Fry says:

    Never – I think! Although a self-confessed facebook addict, I love my hotmail account. It’s ingrained in every part of my communications, whether personal, business, education or other, not sure I want to swap everything over. Also for me Facebook is about tracking down people you haven’t seen for ages, or saying the odd hello to your friends, and even getting riveting updates about what someone has had for lunch, not sure we really need another email provider. I’m all for integrated communications, but with so much controversy about facbook protecting your private data, I’m not sure I want to let them have access to another part of my life! Will have to see how connected it is with Facebook social network and how exactly it will work before making a final decision about it.

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