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April 13, 2012

Facebook Announces Timeline, Email Sync Development

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Facebook EmailFacebook on Friday announced that it will start to automatically sync a users Timeline address with their Facebook email, ensuring that everyone receives and understand their Facebook email account.

The program will roll out over the next several week and it’s simple to use, for example if your Facebook.com account is listed under the URL Facebook.com/joe.18 your Facebook email address will simple be [email protected]

Facebook since mid-2011 has been making a big push into the email space, attempting to keep users on the site for longer periods of time by allowing them to receive messages in an older format while responding directly from the Facebook platform. Vanity URLs in the meantime rolled out in 2009 but a Facebook email feature was not available at that time. When 2010 rolled around Facebook allowed users to choose an @facebook email address of their very own by choosing a vanity URL.

The new change seems most likely to affect users who never chose a vanity URL.  read more

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November 15, 2010

Facebook Announcement: It’s Not Email, But it is Messaging

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Facebook Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg

At a press conference in San Francisco this morning Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the world’s largest social network company was preparing to launch a “modern messaging system.”

The move is a smart one for Facebook, as it was recently revealed that the number two app on the social network is Microsoft Live Messenger, despite nearly four billion messages passing through Facebook messaging each day.

According to Zuckerberg, the new system offers three parts that include seamless messaging, conversation history and a social inbox. The “social inbox” feature is “not email” but rather a way to sort what messages you see from friends.

While it’s “not email” Facebook is passing out Facebook.com email addresses to all of their users.  The idea is simple, users can receive messages through the system in email form (which kind of makes it email) but the main function will be to deliver seamless messaging. read more

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