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Facebook rolling out Inbox email service

Posted by on 15/01/2011

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Facebook has began rolling out its integrated email/inbox service mentioned some months ago.

The new service basically integrates the message sending experience by combining internal Facebook messages, chat conversations and emails from your very own @facebook.com address. They have also gotten rid of the “Inbox”, “Outbox” and “Sent” links and streamed the messages into one long conversation history.

A conversation history has also been merged into one, so rather than having an email message, facebook chat convo and inbox message from the same person showing up as three separate threads, it also has been combined into one big thread.

With regards to the @facebook.com address, when you activate the service, it automatically selects you custom username URL (e.g. www.facebook.com/your.username) and turns it into your.username@facebook.com. This means folks can use any email service such as Hotmail, Yahoo, Gmail and others to send you messages including attachments. Also, you can send outgoing emails by just creating a new message and entering an email address instead of a person’s name. Below is an example of how a message from Facebook looks.

It just so happens that my Facebook name appears in the “To” field because I registered my Facebook account with my Hotmail email address.

You can also attach files or take pictures or videos instantly and attach it. There is also the option to send conversations to your phone via text (if Facebook supports your carrier that is).

Finally, there is an “Other” box for unwanted messages, all in an effort to help you filter out crap from the good stuff. There is also an anti-spam tool to control those nasty bots from sending you porn or winning lottery info from African kings and queens. I don’t know yet how much control you have over viewing spam messages, because some legit messages may be filtered out on a false positive basis. Hopefully they don’t automatically delete them without some way of being able to review them once in a while.

Check out more info about the new inbox here, if you haven’t gotten if as yet that is.

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