This week Facebook has unveiled “Messages,” which is being hailed as a unified messaging platform designed to elevate Facebook from a simple social network to a complete and robust communications system capable of rivaling others in the digital messaging space.
Here’s how it works in a nutshell. Facebook Messages lets users enjoy real time chats and other communications either on the web or on their mobile device through SMS, email, chat or Facebook messaging. Facebook is leaving it up to users to engage in social networking via the medium that best suits their needs at a particular moment.
“There are no subject lines, no cc, no bcc, and you can send a message by hitting the Enter key,” Joel Seligstein posted to the Facebook Blog. “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.”
Incredibly, Facebook will collect and compile all messages from a particular conversation or running dialogue in one central location, even if the messages are exchanged across various methods of communications (email, SMS, chat, etc.)
“It seems wrong that an email message from your best friend gets sandwiched between a bill and a bank statement,” Seligstein adds. “It’s not that those other messages aren’t important, but one of them is more meaningful.”
By combining “Seamless Messaging” with the new so-called “social inbox,” the Facebook social networking experience is about to change forever and for the better, says the company.
To read the full announcement and all the corresponding details, check out the official Facebook blog.