Well the folks back at Facebook are trying to change the way we do everything again. This time they are trying integrate text messaging, email and the regular Facebook messaging system into the same thing. The hope on their part is that by consolidating a person’s messaging they will use it almost exclusively. What is neat about the system is that it allows people to reply from whatever device they would like. If the person in question has a smart phone then they can chat using the application for that phone. If the person has a “dumbphone” then the messages will show up as text messages from Facebook. They are also allowing people to limit the people that can send them messages. By coordinating everything through their Facebook lists people can switch to an allow messages setting which starts limiting who can contact who.
Mark Zuckerberg said in his press conference, “Email is just too formal”. To combat this they have taken out the need for a subject line and tried to model this new messaging system around a conversation. They are going to have every message that you send between friends whether it is through SMS, Email or Facebook show up in the same conversation so you don’t need to go digging through seperate accounts to figure out what was said.
To put on my tin foil hat for a second here this gets a little daunting. Facebook at this point starts to control everything about how people speak to each other. The same can be said about Google I realize but Google has a better track record in terms of privacy.
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