Facebook has recently announced the start of its online messaging program. Much more than just the simplistic Facebook chat that their users are familiar with, the new program will most importantly provide you with an ‘@facebook.com’ email.
Up until this time, most of us have seen a lot of email services take center stage. The 90s experienced a massive amount of portal sites supplying email addresses. The major contenders were AOL, Yahoo and Hotmail. It’s hard to picture yet at that moment, email addresses possessed relatively small data sizes. Even heading towards the 00s we saw continued caps on the sizes of inboxes. Yet, Google, with the launching of Google Mail (Gmail), promised almost endless inbox memory space. Paired with a neat, uncluttered design and style it has emerged as one of the major participants in the email industry. The level of service made different email companies improve their services and style.
Step forward, Facebook. The site has become a zeitgeist for the decade. In only a couple of years people have observed it move from a closed, exclusive social network for university and college students to an international sensation with in excess of 500 million users and typically ranks within the top 2 favorite sites for a lot of countries. Facebook has promised to give each and every user an ‘@facebook.com’ email.
You might think, so what? It’s merely an email address, just like so many others across the world. Yet, this means something a lot more. Facebook is now stepping beyond the social community industry and branching out straight into the world of communication. This is very important. In the event that just about all 500 million members pick up a Facebook email address it will become the largest email provider on the planet. And since text-based communication is becoming increasingly more useful than direct speech communication, it is easy to see how Facebook will soon become much more than just a place to talk to your family or spy on exes.
Once it has been released worldwide, just what next for? One of many key aspects of the net is the utility aspect – ways to make use of the web to make particular jobs simpler for you to complete. One of the biggest strengths with the web is being able to allow you to organize your time and manage tasks better. Facebook could definitely make a further move forward directly into this territory by providing users a personalized homepage that they can use as their stating point online. We have now seen, with Facebook Connect, Facebook’s attempt at becoming a password manager. It could actually provide a separate free password manager program for websites that don’t offer Facebook Connect still. In addition, as a personalized homepage it could offer an online bookmarking service enabling you to save bookmarks online. It may even enter the Internet browser market and release a web browser!
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