Facebook’s Got Your Mail

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It’s long been the case that in times of stress, I stop responding to email. Right now is a time of extreme stress (this week  I have to write a paper, mark an assignment, and have an interview) and I’ve stopped even reading it. I’m monitoring my iPhone for genuine emergencies, but if it doesn’t convey in the first line that it needs my attention now that’s it. No response. Sorry, I’ll read it next week – unless there’s something more important on. I haven’t checked Facebook in days, and this morning I though – I could just suspend my account. And then realized I couldn’t, because yesterday someone said to me:

You’re on Facebook, right? Everyone’s on Facebook.

And I’ve got something on Wednesday, which is still TBC… but I have someone on my Facebook – and don’t have their email address.

I am, in effect, locked in to Facebook. Not because I myself depend on it, but because other people do.

This is why we should be interested in Facebook’s Project Titan – a full featured web-mail. What I’d like it to have is IMAP, so I could just get my email from my email client, remove the Facebook app from my iPhone and probably disable my wall.

However for the people who already use Facebook for most of their communication, what will the ability to, I don’t know, send attachments and email people not on Facebook bring?

They won’t need a regular email address anymore.

I know, this seems horrifying. But you know what? Some people still use Hotmail. I don’t just mean have a Hotmail account, I mean use it as their primary email. Like, they’d send a CV from it! Even though Microsoft took a bunch of features standard in every other (free!) email client out in a bid to make people pay for it. Now they’ll just use Facebook instead.

For those of us who’d like to quit Facebook, but can’t, what will this mean? I think we may be even more locked in than we were before. It is notoriously difficult to delete your Facebook account and it’s not going to get any easier if our friends abandon email for FBmail.

What do you think?

6 thoughts on “Facebook’s Got Your Mail

  1. It's a good idea to have some standard profile on the internet, easy to find. I don't see a real point in getting rid of Facebook.

    It would be fantastic, though, if we could check our messages or our friend feed in some sort of aggregator and mail client, and not have to log in ever again.

  2. Yes, it is helpful that people can find you easily. The problem is very much their reluctance to let information out of Facebook, makes it hard to do that.

  3. I was just thinking this morning about deleting facebook – they banned it at my office, so I never sign in at work to kill some time. Then I get home and don't want to log in. But I can't quit.

    I think, however, that the Facebook web mail feature would be great – I could catch up on the latest updates from specific people I'm interested in and then directly communicate with them instead of posting all over their walls and having the wrong people read it!

  4. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! 🙂 It would be good to have all my social networks in one place, one of my friends is working on something for this but Facebook makes it hard to get information out. IMAP would make it a whole lot easier!

  5. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! 🙂 It would be good to have all my social networks in one place, one of my friends is working on something for this but Facebook makes it hard to get information out. IMAP would make it a whole lot easier!

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