Facebook Reveals New Email Service


And you thought Facebook had reached its prime?

The company unveiled a new messaging platform Monday that will be Facebook's answer to email. Facebook said this email service was actually just one of the components in its ever-changing and growing set of plans to take over the cyber-world.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the company believes email will be obsolete in the near future and that it's already past its prime in the age of texts and instant messages. "If we do a good job," Zuckerberg commented, "some people will say this is the way that the future will work."

Zuckerberg dismissed the idea that "Project Titan", as the Facebook email service is called, will be the "Gmail killer" the press has claimed it will be. He did recognize, however, that high school students are forgoing email in favor of chats and IMs, simply because they're shorter, more immediate, simpler, and "more fun".

Though email is still used a lot in communication between older adults, recent studies suggest the opposite for the younger generation. Texting has surpassed face-to-face contact, email, phone calls, and instant messaging as the primary form of communication for U.S. teens, according to a 2009 survey from the Pew Internet and American Life Project.



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