Facebook ramps up competition with a new message system

Facebook has ramped up competition with AOL, Yahoo, Microsoft and Google with a product to rival their email services.Facebook Messages aims to tie users more closely to the social networking site at a time when everyone is battling for their attention.The product will merge texts, online chats, and emails into one central hub.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-11760050Also see:Facebook Offers New Messaging Tool
Since the heyday of AOL’s cheery “You’ve got mail” greeting, e-mail has been central to the online experience for millions of people.But Mark Zuckerberg, the chief executive of Facebook, says e-mail is showing its age.In his view, e-mail is too slow, too formal and too cumbersome, especially for young people who have grown up using text messages and online chats.On Monday, Mr. Zuckerberg introduced a new unified messaging system for Facebook that allows people to communicate with one another on the Web and on mobile phones regardless of whether they are using e-mail, text messages or online chat services.
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From the decline in affection of one relationship to the growing warmth of another, Facebook users will soon be able to chart their entire conversation history with friends, family and lovers using the company’s new communication system.The social network website plans to combine text messages, emails and instant messages all in one place online.
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Facebook Inc. ramped up its rivalry with Google Inc. and other Internet companies, as the social-networking giant unveiled a messaging service to compete for the loyalty of millions of Internet users.The new Facebook service, which offers people a “facebook.com” email address among other tools, encroaches onto turf that is already well covered by Google through its Gmail service, Yahoo Inc. and others. The new service is designed to draw more of users’ time to Facebook and could help build up the appeal to advertisers, among other things.

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