Facebbok today launched a feature that "lets decide how you want to talk to your friends: via SMS, chat, email or Messages. They'll receive your message through whatever medium or device is convenient for them, and you can both have a conversation in real time. You shouldn't have to remember who prefers IM over email or worry about which technology to use. Simply choose their name and type a message," explains Facebook.
- Also, providing an @facebook.com email address to every person on Facebook. Now people can share with friends over email, whether they're on Facebook or not. There're no subject lines, no cc, no bcc, and you can send a message by hitting the Enter key.
- Conversation History organizes all of your messages with someone together in one place, whether they're sent over chat, email or SMS. You can see everything you've discussed with each friend as a single conversation.
- Social Inbox. With new Messages, your Inbox will only contain messages from your friends and their friends. All other messages will go into an Other folder where you can look at them separately.
If someone you know isn't on Facebook, that person's email will initially go into Other folder. You can easily move that conversation into Inbox for all future conversations with that friend to show up there. You can also change your account settings to be even more limited and bounce any emails that aren't exclusively from friends.
- Also, released a beta version of the read-only API for new Messages to registered developer accounts. These APIs -- in the Graph API and FQL -- allow apps to access new Messages on a user's behalf after requesting read_mailbox permission. Apps using the existing Messages APIs should continue to do so until new Messages is fully rolled out to all users, but developers can begin experimenting with new APIs
- Finally, Facebook will probably stop using arbitrary ten digit numbers and bizarre sequences of characters to contact each other. We'll just select friends by name and be able to share with them instantly.
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