Iâ€™ve been social as long as I can remember. I believe there is something magical about getting â€œfunâ€ mailÂ (i.e. NOT junk mail or bills). Iâ€™ve saved every letter Iâ€™ve ever gotten. Some call me a packrat â€“ but I like to think of myself as a romantic. There is something powerful about being able to look Â back at how a relationship has changed since the first correspondence.
Three hours ago, conversation as we know it changed forever â€“ and I fell in love with a new kind of mail.
Today, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the launch of a new modern messaging system that will revolutionize the way we understand traditional messaging â€“ and each other.
The idea was born when high school students told Zuckerberg they believe email is â€œtoo formal â€“ too slow.â€ So Facebook set out to create a way of integrating instant messaging, SMS and email into a single inbox, dubbed a â€œsocial inbox.â€
The idea is simple yet profound. Theoretically, you only need two things to send a message to someone: a recipient and a message. In short, it’s point, click, send â€“ and Facebook will handle the rest, thanks to the optional â€œfacebook.comâ€ email address.
No subject lines, no cc â€“ and you can send simply by clicking the Enter key. Â Every messages sent through the system will be arranged into a single thread. Imagine what that will do for friendships â€“ or relationships, or even worse â€“ a messy breakup. However, thatâ€™s beside the point. Individually, 4,673 messages between me and my best friend are completely meaningless, but collectively, they form a narrative of a relationship.
â€œThis isnâ€™t an email killer,â€ Zuckerberg said, responding directly to the longtime buzz that Facebookâ€™s â€œProject Titanâ€ intended to kill off popular email providers like Yahoo and Gmail. Thatâ€™s not the goal â€“ not yet, at least. Instead, Zuckerberg emphasizes the company has fashioned its messaging less like traditional email and more like chat.
Its simple, real-time communication â€“ and why not? Facebook already hosts over 4 billion messages daily and recently overtook Google as the most popular website in the world.
Like it or not, its here to stay. Once dubbed a fad, behemoths like Facebook have become household names, easily making social media the biggest cultural shift since the industrial revolution.
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