Facebook announced the launch of its much discussed email service. So now anyone on Facebook can get an @facebook.com email address.
And they must be geared up to deal with a lot of email as they are offering the service to anyone who has a Facebook - over 500 million users.
Guess a gmail account may no longer be as popular as it used to be with this launch. How many people take advantage of the service has yet to be seen, but smartly Facebook has incorporated it with existing accounts and their messaging system.
"Today I'm excited to announce the next evolution of Messages. You decide how you want to talk to your friends: via SMS, chat, email or Messages. They will receive your message through whatever medium or device is convenient for them, and you can both have a conversation in real time. You shouldn't have to remember who prefers IM over email or worry about which technology to use. Simply choose their name and type a message.
We are also providing an @facebook.com email address to every person on Facebook who wants one. Now people can share with friends over email, whether they're on Facebook or not. To be clear, Messages is not email. There are no subject lines, no cc, no bcc, and you can send a message by hitting the Enter key. We modeled it more closely to chat and reduced the number of things you need to do to send a message. We wanted to make this more like a conversation," Joel Seligstein a Facebook stated in the company release.