No, wait … not exactly. Well, sort of.
We all thought Facebook would be announcing Facebook.com, the email server to end all googles. But instead it launched something else. It is called a “Modern Messaging System” and it combines email, instant messages, and SMS.
Hold on, I’ll be right back.
OK, I looked up SMS because I didn’t know what that was. It’s texting.
There are exactly two people with whom I regularly text, and by regularly I mean an average of something like one message per … week. But my phone system does not support more than a few free ones, so I think I like the idea of texting via facebook. But wait, that probably won’t work on my phone.
Instant messages and email combined would be a little like Google Wave, wouldn’t it? As in, you’re reading an email from someone and suddenly the contents of the email change and you realize you are being watched. Damn, I already feel like I’m being stalked all the time, I’m not sure I like that.
But wait, it turns out that as part of this “Modern Messaging System” you will also get the firstname.lastname@example.org email address, thus allowing the divergent systems of communication that look like email to all be accessed with your alpine client.
Although people will now be able to have a facebook.com e-mail address, Andrew Bosworth, a software engineer at Facebook, noted that the new system will work with other e-mail systems, such as Gmail and Yahoo mail.
“People should share however they want to share,” said Bosworth. “If you want to send me an e-mail and I want to get it in a text message, that should work.
There are plans to add voice to this later.
Here’s the lowdown.