Can email really get better?

November 15, 2010


I love email. Always have. I remember getting my first email account from my college and then hotmail and rocketmail shortly thereafter. I take pride in sending a lot of email and reading through even more.

The thing about email is that it hasn’t changed much in the past decade. There have been innovations…great new user experiences ushered on by Yahoo and Google…amazing add ons like Xobni…but nothing has truly disrupted email.

While i’m not convinced that it will completely disrupt the entrenched nature of email as it exists, Facebook’s announcement is the first real warning shot across the bow. Only time will tell if the multi-threaded, multi-device communication stream is here to stay. I, for one, am both excited and a bit apprehensive.

Is Facebook barking up the wrong tree?
Do you like what they are doing?
Do you think that the communication stream will supplant email over time?


There were a few aspects of Facebook mail that I did not hear Mark speak about today. One of which was attachments and storage limits. The presentation seemed to focus mainly on functionality. The other of which is duplicate Facebook/Username accounts.

I don’t think Facebook is barking up the wrong tree. All the functionality mentioned in today’s preso is functionality that has existed for years… anybody who wanted to could set up their own messaging system pretty easily so that all messages are forwarded to any one single point/platform.

It will be interesting to see adoption rates for the new email abilities (if Facebook makes them public). I have a hunch that, in time, Facebook will allow people to point their own domain to Facebook (with an MX record redirect) for the same email functionality they provide with an email account. Do users want to manage another email address, especially with the seemingly-limitless storage space available via alternate services.

From Brandon Prebynski on November 15th, 2010 at 7:25 pm

It’s pretty interesting Brandon. I think your point is spot on about all the technologies being around for the taking….the problem is that most people don’t want to be the middleware. If there is the potential for adoption for Facebook it is going to be by the removal of friction they can introduce by taking away the necessity for US to be the middleware.

From jascha on November 16th, 2010 at 4:54 pm

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