As expected, Facebook today said it will let users get facebook.com e-mail addresses, but founder Mark Zuckerberg said he’s not really announcing an e-mail system.
Instead, it’s a “modern messaging system” that integrates users’ various message systems, including e-mail and instant-messaging applications, Zuckerberg said in a press event that’s being Webcast.
The system includes “seamless messaging,” tools to manage past conversations and a “social inbox.”
Zuckerberg said the goal of the product “is to make it so we can seamlessly integrate across all these products very easily.”
“It’s not e-mail,” he said. “It handles e-mail in addition to Facebook messages …. It’s true, people are going to be able to have Facebook.com addresses but this is not e-mail. E-mail is one way people will be able to use this system.”
Here’s how it works, according to Facebook’s press release.
“To help people communicate with friends who aren’t on Facebook, everyone can sign up for their own @facebook.com email address. But with no subject lines, no cc, and no bcc, Messages is not email. Rather, Messages is modeled closely to chat to make messaging more like a conversation.”
Here’s a link to Facebook’s blog with more detail and a screenshot: