Facebook Messages Bridges Email, texting and Chat
Facebook is rolling out a transformational new feature called Facebook Messaging that combines email, texting and chat in a way that takes advantage each platform’s strengths, yet remains part of a single conversation.
Of course messaging has always been a part of Facebook. You’ve been able to send email-style private messages, chat and even send text message for years. It’s just that they were separated. Now, each person is seen as one ongoing private conversation—regardless of the topic or type of communication.
Key to this are your list of Facebook Friends and a facebook.com email address. With the new Facebook Messaging, you’ll see an inbox with the most recent message from each of your friends. There’s another folder for people who aren’t friends and send email to your facebook.com email address. You can always move people (even your Friends) between your Friends and general mailboxes.