Rumours turn out true: Facebook emails are real and rolling out

by Knowlton Thomas

Rumours stirring over recent weeks boiled into reality today when Facebook did indeed unveil its email system at the invite-only San Fran press event.

USA Today reports, "The social networking giant is slowly rolling out a new messaging system that will offer Facebook's half-billion active users an optional e-mail address that will let folks send or receive messages from Facebook to or from traditional email accounts. Facebook made the formal announcement at a press conference today in San Francisco."

Facebook says that its approach is different from established competitors like Google's Gmail and kin.

"We want people to be able to communicate in whatever way they choose: email, text or Facebook message," said a Facebook spokeswoman. "People are given the choice to opt in to having a Facebook e-mail address as a way to have one destination for all of their messages. But, this product is not e-mail. It is modeled much more after Chat."

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Facebook's mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. Millions of people use Facebook everyday to keep up with friends, upload an unlimited number of photos, share links and videos, and learn more about the people they meet. more

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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