Ready, set, surrender
E-mail just the start of new Facebook plan
When CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his Facebook cronies said they had a "Gmail killer" in the works, well, that's not really what they meant. Whoopsies.
Facebook, in fact, wants much, much more than that.
Having access to your e-mail? Bah. That's, like, so 2009. Then what's so 2010? Well, Facebook wants to put all of your modern messaging methods — text, IM, e-mail — on Facebook.
No, your screen is not dirty. You read that right. Zuckerberg wants to be your digital big brother. Text, IM, and e-mail, all in one place. With that place being Facebook.
Granted, Facebook isn't sure how it's going to accomplish such a thing, but where there's a will to dominate your life, there's a way.
Traditional e-mail is "too slow" and "too formal," Zuckerberg said in an announcement earlier today. He denied that the new "seamless messaging" system would be an e-mail killer, but instead, "a messaging system that includes e-mail as one part of it."
We can just hear advertisers licking their lips at the chance to get directly into your cell phone now.
Facebook hopes you'll fall for this correspondence convenience hook, line, and sinker. But the concept blows right by the fact that sometimes, separation of text and communiqué is a very good — and necessary — thing.
Perhaps we're just, oh, you know, overly cautious about giving up our information to such a distrusted data-mongering giant. So again, dear reader, we turn to you.
Help us weigh the pros and cons of Facebook's newfangled system. Is it the ultimate in messaging simplicity, or the Internet digging too far into your privacy? Tell us what you think in the comments.