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Facebook launching email, but who will use it? [Poll]

As the Facebook versus Google battle gets hotter and hotter, it has leaked that Facebook will launch its own “Gmail killer” on Monday. The tech world has been buzzing about it with much excitement and even more criticism.

Fingers point to Facebook’s continuing refusal to respect privacy and we would add to that that Facebook hasn’t proven to be a very stable platform for us- notifications are often made days after an action has been taken, inbox messages disappear only to reappear later and the tagging mechanisms frequently don’t work well in Google Chrome. It seems that they have quite a ways to go on their existing platform before they launch email, but that’s just my personal judgment.

All that said, we predict thousands will flock to the “@facebook” email system regardless of stability, privacy or functionality. In the arms race that is digital media where people feel obligated to be all places at all times, we’ll see a large number of agents with new facebook emails and the Twitterati will likely be cheering about the new sexy emails they’ve gotten minutes before everyone else flocks to fb.

Despite my personal opinion and the lackluster performance of Facebook, again, we predict the masses will flock. We’d like to know what you plan on doing in this anonymous poll:

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Lani is the COO and News Director at The American Genius, has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH, Austin Digital Jobs, Remote Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.

29 Comments

29 Comments

  1. Joe Loomer

    November 14, 2010 at 8:12 am

    I didn’t answer the poll question because my truthful answer is more of a “not yet” or a “maybe” rather than a yes/no.

    I agree with your assesment of Facebook’s current performance flaws, and often encounter days in a row when my wall is missing entire weeks of posts, only to have them pop back up out of the blue. So – unless it’s better than what I have, no. If it seems to be working and there is no pay-to-play (regardless of storage requirements) then I might just take the leap.

    Navy Chief, Navy Pride

    • Jim Duncan

      November 14, 2010 at 10:04 am

      Joe –

      I’ll sign up for FB mail just to ensure that I get my name, for the same reason that I stayed up ’til midnight to get facebook.com/jimduncan. With most of these new things, I want to ensure that if it does succeed, I’ll have my identity.

      I’m with Ann Cummings – why in the world would I want to brand anything other than Jim Duncan or RealCentralVA.com? Facebook monetizes us and our information; and we freely give it to them. It doesn’t make sense.

  2. FlatFeeRealty.com

    November 14, 2010 at 8:52 am

    Gmail is simply the best, so no need to replace it.

  3. Ann Cummings

    November 14, 2010 at 8:58 am

    Why would anyone want to help brand Facebook instead of branding themselves? I never understand why people don’t have their own email accounts instead of all these others that brand some other entity. My answer was a resounding ‘NO’.

  4. Bryan McDonald

    November 14, 2010 at 9:50 am

    Facebook is great but am I going to have to befriend every person that emails me @facebook?

    I can’t see Facebook email replacing GMail for me. GMail isn’t just my email service, its my business hub: Voicemail (GoogleVoice), outbound calls (GoogleVoice), chat, and with their free POP access my four email addresses all end up in my GMail inbox. Not to mention Google Apps lets me have free email for the domains I own.

  5. Matt Kelly

    November 15, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    I’ll use it a bit but they left out three huge communication channels, twitter, voice and google chat. Then oh, what about all of the people that use Skype, Yahoo Instant Messenger, etc, etc., etc.

    I watched the entire webcast and am not completely convinced that what they are proposing won’t add more confusion to the communication methods. It will certainly keep more eyeballs in facebook longer, but they might not be mine.

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