The end of the web as we know it?
Facebook gets greedy with own e-mail: The "Gmail killer" could snuff out privacyinstead
What do you call it when the wired world's most popular social networking, photo sharing, and events site gets greedy?
Why, Facebook, of course.
As if you craved yet another reason to fear for the security of your information, now The Kingdom That Is Facebook wants access to your most personal communication, too.
Come Monday, Facebook will launch what privacy optimists lovingly dub "the Gmail killer." In more techie-inclined circles, it's been called "Project Titan." But the new Zuck & Co. creation, to the unsuspecting user, is colloquially known as just "Facebook e-mail."
And as of Monday, a la Oprah, YOU'RE getting Facebook e-mail! And YOU'RE getting Facebook e-mail!
Well, maybe. Although Facebook apparently put the masses on notice this week about its new product, to be unveiled on Monday at an invite-only affair, some aren't convinced we'll see it that soon.
But most in the digital domain agree — Facebook e-mail is imminent.
With this development, Facebook shows zero fear in pushing further and further into Google's dominion.
But don't give Mark Zuckerberg's gang of lackeys too much credit just yet, because we're not convinced.
With a bumbling messaging interface currently in place, and data mining gripes so genuine you'd think they were gold, do we really think you'll trust Facebook with your most intimate, confidential correspondence?
But we don't mind being schooled when we're wrong. We get that all your friends are, like, right there on Facebook. But is that all you need? Does Facebook get a blank check when it comes to handling your electronic lifeblood?
We don't know. You tell us. Dear reader, if given the choice, are you likely to opt into Facebook's e-mail service, and give the boot to your old standbys, Gmail and Yahoo?