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I wanted to send one message to a friend on Facebook account instead of writing on his wall and there I discovered these new changes Facebook rolled out. It looks really cool the way Facebook has revamped this system. It was always a question about, how Facebook will display new email system they announced. But they rolled out not just the Facebook Email but also added Chat History, Text Messaging and all new Internal messaging!
What is New Facebook Message System?
- Find everything in one place: Texts, chats, messages, and Facebook email are part of a single conversation.
- View your full history: Conversations include all the messages you’ve ever shared with each friend.
- See messages from friends first: Bulk email and messages from unknown senders go straight to the ‘Other’ folder.
Once logged in, go to messages and you shall see a pop-up describing the new features. Click next to start exploring and activating each feature.
How to activate Facebook Email?
Receive emails as a part of your Facebook conversations. Your email address will match your public username.
I wrote in my earlier post on Facebook Email where I said, it is only available to users who have claimed custom URL or username for their Facebook profile. When activating Facebook, email, It grabs the same URL suffix we selected for the our profile as email ID. Like, facebook.com/myprofileurl is now firstname.lastname@example.org. In such cases, we were able to login to Facebook, without need to type-in full email address.
We can choose its visibility on our profile page and can control who can send us an email on this new ID, by changing the Privacy Settings.
One thing I could not understand is, it is very easy to see our username or custom profile URL by visiting our Facebook profile and as this is used as an email ID straight away then what’s the point in hiding it!
How to activate Facebook Text Messaging?
Turn on text messaging so friends can use Facebook Messages to send you texts. Facebook does not charge for this services. Standard messaging rates apply.
This is another nice feature of the new Facebook messaging system where we can send Text Messages to friends having their mobile numbers listed on the profile. This feature essentially sends an SMS update to a friend about a new message s/he has received on his Facebook account, useful while s/he is away from computers or Internet.
Facebook Chat History
You’re now ready to chat with friends. Your chats will be saved as part of your Facebook conversations.
This feature was missing from Facebook chat for years. Now we can have all chat history stored as conversation. For some, this could be an alarm.
Send email message to anyone
It is now possible to send out emails to any email address via Facebook messages. Nothing surprising here because now Facebook is a full email system. Interesting part is able to Attach Files, Attach Picture via Web cam or mobile camera, and sending this new message alert as SMS text messages.
Facebook revamped again and this time it is productive. The only drawback is, getting all messages, including messages, texts, emails and chats into one conversation per friend is going to be huge and difficult to organize. I hope they can make it sorted based on conversation dates, which will make it more useful. Have you used this new Facebook messaging?