Meet the Email From Facebook, Which “is Not an E-mail”

This rumor comes from some time: the Facebook would be working on an email system that would work to Google, since it would come as a major competitor to Gmail. The story, however, is another: the social network announced this week a central messages that you want to unify e-mail, SMS and chat made ​​from the website.

It sounds simple, but a lot of engineering has been involved in the design of Facebook Messages.

The main responsible for Facebook Messages, Andrew Bozworth, explained that to this day his grandmother keeps the letters he exchanged with her husband for life. Boz, as is known, draws a parallel with the present day and said: we do not have that sort of thing. What does not cease to be true, of course. To address this lack of history, FB Messages brings together all kinds of human interactions in the social network.

From the same page, the user selects that contact you want to talk. Before it would be necessary to inform if you want to send an email or start a chat, but with the new Facebook Messages everything is easier. The premise of the tool is to allow people to communicate with each other, not even aware of the means by which are talking about. For example, if your brother only uses SMS while your grandmother is very attached to the email, it will not make any difference when both are on Facebook.

For this, you need to keep Facebook updated information, so that the service can find the contacts in the email or on the phone.

Facebook swears that Facebook Messages is not an email service, but makes sure to provide an address for all those users who are interested. The difference is in Social Inbox, the central FB Messages messages. By default, it will only display the e-mails sent by friends or friends of friends, very limiting the user’s chances to receive a spam or current from an unknown person. The privacy settings, however, can block and authorizing persons known messages (or not).

Another point that social networking advocates is the context: the messages are grouped by contact name, not by subject. This means that no matter if the message arrives by email, SMS or chat, it will appear in this history. The display will be similar to the SMS exchange iPhone, complete with icons indicating by which means that interaction was made.

Below you can see the video of disclosure of Facebook Messages, in English: