As we reported earlier in the month Facebook Messages is being rolled out across Ireland and the world. But many are still wondering what Facebook Messages is and how it works. Our short guide will fill you in on the important bits of this simple but powerful addition to Facebook.
The new messaging architecture aggregates SMS, emails and updates together into one system, and with this, Facebook hopes, they will be able to create a more complete thread of user conversations across disparate devices and systems.
With the new system users can send emails, direct messages and text messages through their Facebook accounts using the familiar Facebook direct messaging page.
Ease of use
One of the key features of Facebook Messages is its ease of use – emails no longer require subjects while SMS messages can be sent without the need to remember the person’s number. Users can simply enter their name and an SMS will be sent to their phone.
As part of the messaging upgrade Facebook users will now be given email @facebook addresses. This is the address that Facebook emails will come from and to which emails will be sent.
What does Facebook say?
As with most Facebook upgrades Facebook Messages will raise concerns for user privacy but it remains to be seen if the system will become the all-in-one contact system Facebook hopes for or if it will become another avenue for personal, non-business, communication.