Firefox 17 Now Includes Facebook Messaging Sidebar

Firefox 17

Firefox 17Mozilla on Monday announced that Firefox 17 now includes a Facebook messaging sidebar for easier communication with a users Facebook friends list.

The opt-in feature allows users to quickly access Facebook Messenger from any page on the web. Users can also see their Facebook notifications whenever using the browser and they are given the option to hide the sidebar when not in use.

In a public statement regarding the release of Firefox 17’s new feature Mozilla states:

“As social sites have become a key part of people’s online lives, we want to make it easier to use the Web the way you want.” [Read more…]

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

Facebook Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg

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 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…]