Facebook is expected to announce a new messaging service on Monday and some are predicting that it’s going to unveil a Web email system to compete with Gmail, Hotmail and Yahoo Mail.
The move comes as Facebook and Google are in a tiff over exporting contact lists. Google last week making it more difficult for Facebook to hoover up contact lists.
PCWorld has a rundown of the rumors. The latest is TechCrunch’s report that the social networking site will launch a “Gmail killer” code-named Project Titan that will offer personal email addresses ending with “@facebook.com.”
GigaOm earlier speculated that Facebook’s going to upgrade its mobile chat feature and add a “one to many” group chat capability.
The move could make Facebook even more central to users’ lives. Avid users may be excited to unify their mail and social network services.
Others may want to keep in mind Facebook’s evolving approach to privacy – and challenges simplifying its privacy management tools – before giving it responsibility for their personal mail.
Given the spat with Google over sharing contact information, a big question will be how Facebook’s message system syncs with the established Web mail services.
I wonder if Facebook’s friendly uncle Microsoft will be involved, supporting Facebook mail with easy connections to its Live.com online services, or perhaps even powering the mail system.