Facebook has announced a new messaging service which aims at unifying email, IMs, Facebook messaging and text messages. The idea is to bring all conversations you may have with friends, on various platforms, into one place. All messages and chats will be recorded by Facebook.
It had long been rumored that Facebook will be launching a Gmail killer, but the new service is not aimed at Gmail, or any other email service.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said, “This is not an email killer. This is a messaging system that includes email as one part of it. We don’t expect anyone to shut down Yahoo! Mail and switch exclusively to Facebook.”
The messages will be sent and displayed in a chat format, with the doing away of the “subject”, “cc” and “bcc” fields. The “Social Inbox” will allow users to see only messages from friends, while all other messages get sent to the “Others” box.
The project had long been known as Project Titan. The company will be offering all Facebook users and “@facebook.com” account. The service will be rolled out over the next few months and will start with an ‘invitation only’ method.