Will You Ditch Your Email for Facebook email?
November 15, 2010 8 Comments
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, email@example.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 🙂