Facebook today announced a revamp of their messaging system. The new system, which will be released slowly over the coming months, will integrate known ways to contact people into the new Facebook Messages. While they were keen to specify that this isn't email, email is definitively one part of it. The goal of the system is to simplify and streamline messaging between people. Everyone will have the option of having a @facebook.com email address, and anyone will be able to send them messages through email, to that address. Those emails will then show up in their Facebook messages. As users reply, it will be sent back by email. But then, if that person sends them a SMS or IM, it will show up in the same conversation, and same history thread. The system will, behind the scenes, route messages between email, SMS, IM and Facebook messages.
The messaging system will include two folders, the Friends and the Others folder. By default, your friends messages will show up right away, while everything else will show in the Others folder. Users will be able to bring up a message from the Others folder up to Friends if they want to. In the questions part of the announcement, they did say that while this system will include attachments for images and even files like documents and spreadsheets, it will not include voice or video, but it's a possibility for the future. Also, if someone not on Facebook sends you an email, it will show up in the Others folder by default, but can also be brought up to the default one. Finally, forwarding will be available, apparently a feature users requested often.
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Facebook sent an invitation recently to news agencies for another announcement coming this Monday. While there is no direct mention as to what that announcement is, TechCrunch believes that this may be a major play on a new email service, aimed at competing with Google's Gmail service. Based on the invitation image, it seems likely that the announcement has to do with messaging, since that's what the graphic shows. Then, references to a secret project called Project Titan came up again recently. Finally, just this week, we reported on how Google and Facebook have started an all-out war concerning the exporting of contacts and friends information. It's all still rumors for now, but it will be very interesting to see if a Facebook based email service would take a big chunk out of services like Gmail. Since Facebook has done everything it can to become your primary contacts platform, it would sure make a lot of sense.
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If you happen to rely heavily on Gmail for your day-to-day work, or even for personal things, you may be scrambling right now, as there is a Gmail outage going on. Twitter has run amuck, with people complaining left and right, and endless cries of “Gmail is down! Oh noes!!”. Remember peeps - if you need constant access to your data, you need to have it stored locally on your computer. Use Gmail over IMAP, so at least you always have your archives. Me personally? I use Mail.app in OS X so I always have access to my entire email history. So, just how many of you are severely affected by Gmail being down?
While you can’t have true Push Gmail on the iPhone [Editors Note: You can, if you set up Gmail as an Exchange account, but you don’t get Push Notifications this way], an app arriving very soon on the App Store will come close to replicating the true experience.
Currently, the iPhone’s Mail App pings Gmail periodically, or when you hit refresh, to see if you have any new messages. Push e-mail would be virtually instantaneous - as push notification on the phone is.
GPush is an app that will shoot off push notifications whenever you get new e-mail. You’ll then be able to go into your phone’s Mail App and see your new e-mail as the Inbox refreshes.
Replace your annoying “You’ve got mail” announcement with the Email Notifier. When one arrives, the small device lights up and flashes to tell you the good (or not so good) news. Attach to your USB port with no external batteries or power source needed, and use it for both your home and business accounts. The notifier is compatible with Windows 2000/XP/Vista and most POP email services for GBP 13.99 (~$23.00.)
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Want to keep track of your fave artists’ new releases? Blyper will do that for you. Sign up at the beta site, insert musicians’ names and they will e- you when each of them has a new single or CD. Decide how often you want to be notified, let your friends know who your picks are and find new artists from others with similar taste. The service is free with online registration.
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How many times have you tried to send a link to a bud, but either couldn’t send it from the site or it never arrived? Dropvine simplifies the process with a bookmarklet. After a free signup, you click on the link and select friends on your contact list (who don’t have need an account.) You can add comments on the links so your contacts will know it’s you. Hit send and the link arrives in their Dropvine inbox. They are then sent an email notification and can share in your joy.
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Cortado is offering their free SMS2Desk that allows you to send and receive messages via your PC to your BlackBerry OS 4.2.1 or higher through your email. You can also organize with the handy tool. Cortado promises that everything you do will be saved securely. Although you can download the program on a .zip file on your PC, you can get SNS2Desk from your Blackberry. There is a Premium Version that provides multiple SMS sending simultaneously, editable e-mailing, limit to the number of messages sent and SMS confirmation for about $6.00.
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Another virus has reared its
ugly head, this time in the guise of puppies for Valentine’s Day. Known as the Valentine Devkit, click on it and you will see the pooches and but also download lloveexe.exe, start.exe.or something similar. Be very careful if you decide to create an e-card for the holiday as there are those above as well as fake Hallmark cards that will infect your computer with malware.
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Amazon has joined the ranks of other companies to offer a sweet deal for Valentine’s Day. Can’t get enough emails from your loved one? The online company is offering a 2fer deal. Buy one Peek for $79.99 and get a second free with instant rebate. The device comes in grey, pink or aqua, and has a color display, full keypad and simple menu usage. To get both, add an extra one at checkout.
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