Cloud Computing: Facebook Messages Attempts to Outflank Gmail, Yahoo Mail

 
 
By Clint Boulton  |  Posted 2010-11-18
 
 
 

Facebook Messages Attempts to Outflank Gmail, Yahoo Mail

by Clint Boulton

Facebook Messages Attempts to Outflank Gmail, Yahoo Mail

Zuck on Messages

Zuckerberg explains Facebook Messages to reporters at the St. Regis Hotel in San Francisco ahead of the Web 2.0 Summit Nov. 15. He spoke hours before Google CEO Eric Schmidt unveiled near field communications on Android 2.3 smartphones.

Zuck on Messages

Invitation to @Facebook.com

Facebook users will soon receive their own @facebook.com e-mail addresses for Facebook Messages, which sort of cements its status as a real e-mail product. "This product isn't e-mail, but it does allow people who do use e-mail to connect with the rest of us," explained Facebook.

Invitation to @Facebook.com

Introduction to Messages

When users receive an invite to Facebook Messages, they click "okay" to accept it and see this screen.

Introduction to Messages

Address

Facebook explains that users' e-mail alias will match their profile user name.

Address

More Details

A more detailed explanation of how Messages works.

More Details

Texting with Facebook Messages

Facebook lets users set up Messages to receive SMS messages from mobile phones.

Texting with Facebook Messages

SMS to Messages in Brief

Facebook notes that users can send the letter F to the number provided and they will receive a confirmation code to trigger the service. Boom, you're done setting up Messages. Message away!

SMS to Messages in Brief

How Texting Works

Facebook details how SMS messages to Messages works.

How Texting Works

Messages on Mobile Phones

Here is what Facebook Messages looks like on users' mobile phones.

Messages on Mobile Phones

Schmidt Responds to Facebook Messages

Just hours later in a media session at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, Google CEO Eric Schmidt welcomed Messages as competition that is good for all on the Web. "It's basically good to have more competition in the space," Schmidt said. "They appear to be taking a different approach, which is good. Competition is positive" because it raises the bar for other products.

Schmidt Responds to Facebook Messages

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