Facebook email review

Facebook rolled out their new email feature recently. I got my “you have an email account now” message a few days back. So I’ve been playing around with it.

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a) This is what appears at the top of the Facebook browser window after you click on the “Messages” link near the top of your left home page column. A different aspect to having this feature activated is that when you click on “New Message” in that window or via the Messages icon on your Facebook home page, you can put someone’s email in the “To” field. And even if the person isn’t a Facebook user, they will get your message. (That is an illustration of how Facebook wants to be your message center. If you use Facebook constantly, that might be a helpful feature. I don’t, so it isn’t.)

b) This is what a sample email looks like as sent from Facebook. It shows all your Facebook conversations, whether they were sent through Facebook email or not. As you can tell, my wife and I do not talk much via Facebook. (Rest assured — we do talk a lot in real life.)

c) “Service Unavailable” is what is shown when I type “f” in my Firefox browser address field. (That’s how I normally get to Facebook.) And “service unavailable” is my brief summation of Facebook email.

> The Search Messages feature does not work.

> There are no folders or ways to organize your messages.

> I did not try out the mobile messaging aspect, so I can’t comment on that.

So in short, do not stress out if you haven’t received your Facebook email account yet. You are not missing much. It’s a good supplemental thing, if you’re a heavy Facebook user, but otherwise, no big deal.

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3 Replies to “Facebook email review”

  1. My students have basically given up on using traditional email… they prefer the Facebook interface for all their communications. My concern with them sending “messages” at the moment is that there is no real good archive and search system on Facebook.

    I’ll be interested to see where this goes.

  2. I’m sure FB will upgrade this eventually, since they’re constantly expanding everything. I was a little creeped when I was listening to Pandora and saw a flag indicating that an FB friend liked a song. With everything linked, privacy is nonexistent. I need to be careful with sharing blog posts on FB in case the post is tagged with my real name. I haven’t seen that it is, but it’s not out of the question.

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