Last Tuesday Nov the 16th, Facebook held an invite-only event to announce their new Messages. While lots of popular tech blogs are expecting this as the “Gmail Killer“, Facebook claims “it’s not email”. A great statistics from Facebook itself, Messages were used by more than 350 Million users with over 4 Billion messages send everyday.
The new Messages shows your messages you exchange with your friends on Facebook, and seamlessly integrates it with your chat so that whatever you chat also can be seen in your inbox. Not forgetting the important part where most have called it the “email killer”, the new Messages offers Facebook users with email address ends with
@facebook.com. This means that any user even without Facebook account can send you email and you will receive it via Facebook. The same applies if you want to reply back from Facebook to any email address. It’s not leaving behind the standard features of email such as attachments and forwarding. If you and your friend already activate SMS for messages, you can send and receive messages via phone and make sure the content are still available in your inbox.
So, how to get this new features? Currently it is an invite-only feature but you can request for invitation. Facebook will be launching it in the coming few months. The video below provide you more information about Facebook’s new Messages.