Facebook’s Event On Monday All About Gmail Killer Release?
Facebook is at it again. With two events down, another one is on the way. While the previous one was about mobile and we got to see considerably better integration on mobile operating systems, new applications as well as Mark Zuckerberg state his opinion on the Facebook phone and Apple’s iPad, this one seems to be all about messaging. As is pretty easy to tell from the image above, the invitation is for an event that will take place at St. Regis Yerba Buena Terrace 125 3rd Street San Francisco, CA on Monday November 15. The special event will be in advance of Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s conversation on 16 November at web 2.0 summit, reads the lower part of the invite. This is a bit surprising because it’s not taking place at the company’s HQ in Palo Alto, where most other events were hosted.
TechCrunch believes that this may be about Facebook’s secret Project Titan, which was first heard of in the media back in February this year. The project was allegedly about a web-based e-mail client thought by many people to be a “Gmail killer”. Some sources seriously believe that’s exactly what we’re going to see unveiled on Monday. If you think about it, it makes a lot of sense that Facebook might want to release a web mail and allow its users to opt for a @facebook.com e-mail address. On the invite it’s pretty easy to spot an envelope, getting you to think about mail as well as Facebook’s current messaging service icon.
So how would this new webmail client benefit the world’s largest social networking site? Well, first of all, Facebook is already the most popular social networking site, has a popular events service and will soon ad an interesting local deals service as well. Webmail could include all of these elements and more. Something tells me people would be tempted to sign up for an e-mail with Facebook as well, especially if the sign up/log in process is limited to using your already existing Facebook account. The site is already the home to most of your friends and some of the most frequent users would love to import their Facebook contacts into their e-mail rather than the other way around.
Since we’re mentioning other web mails, if Facebook really is preparing to launch its own, then it now makes a lot of sense why Google recently chose to disable the automatic imports of contacts for the site. Some people have pointed out that Facebook already owns facebookmail.com. I personally dread the idea a small bit. That’s because the site isn’t exceptionally well known for its strict privacy rules that all people respect or for having a good system against spam set up. Privacy and spam protection are things you’d definitely expect from your e-mail so I think I’ll be happier at this time sticking to my old but trusty @yahoo and @gmail addresses. We’re not sure what the company has in store for us on Monday, but yes, the changes that we’ll get to see it unveil a webmail service are pretty big. On top of that, expect some minor or major changes being made to the current Facebook messaging service. Some people did complain that it needed a few tweaks. Would you like a @facebook.com e-mail? Would that make you switch from the e-mail you currently have?11