1Facebook Messages Attempts to Outflank Gmail, Yahoo Mail
by Clint Boulton
2Zuck 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.
3Invitation 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.
4Introduction to Messages
When users receive an invite to Facebook Messages, they click “okay” to accept it and see this screen.
Facebook explains that users’ e-mail alias will match their profile user name.
A more detailed explanation of how Messages works.
7Texting with Facebook Messages
Facebook lets users set up Messages to receive SMS messages from mobile phones.
8SMS 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!
9How Texting Works
Facebook details how SMS messages to Messages works.
10Messages on Mobile Phones
Here is what Facebook Messages looks like on users’ mobile phones.
11Schmidt 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.