Facebook's New Messaging System
November 16, 2010 by Rob Nijkamp Source article

Facebook introduced a three-pronged system that strives to not necessarily change the way we communicate but to make it more efficient, more personal and definitely simpler. They developed a so called modern day messaging system that’s much simpler, like SMS or IM.

No Facebook E-mail?

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg stressed that this is not “Facebook e-mail,” which was the general belief in the guessing game that surrounded this event.

At the heart of it all is the “social inbox,” a place where messages - again,not just email - are housed and filtered. Because Facebook already knows who your “friends” are, it can filter messages that it believes to be important to you. Everything else - not necessarily junk but maybe a newsletter or a bank statement or something from a family member who’s not on Facebook - goes into an “other” folder.

A Powerful Communication Tool

In terms of the seamless integration that Zuckerberg and team talked about, the idea is that users should be able to have an IM appear as an SMS or an SMS appear as an email, giving people a way to use the communication tool they prefer without worrying about how the recipient will see it or respond to it.

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