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Can @Facebook Make It as an Email Service Provider?

News 2012/06/26 20:00:00
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If you're on Facebook and previously refused to set up an @facebook.com email address, it was to no avail. The social network just rolled out email addresses for every single user. Fortunately, it's not connected to your external email in any way. However, according to PC Mag, some users have reported that the address is available to the public by default.

Facebook hopes the new system will protect user privacy by replacing external email addresses and replacing them with the @facebook address. Ultimately, it's just an extension of Facebook messages, but it's establishing a basis for something that could extend outside of the social network. Do you think Facebook could make it as an email provider, or should they stick to social networking? And if you can't get enough of Facebook questions, go ahead and take our 6-question Facebook Quick Poll. You know you want to.


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  • Alvin 2012/06/27 01:05:08
    No
    Alvin
    +6
    Facebook is leading the public down a path that will insure Facebook controls everything that happens on the internet, and by that time, it will be too late for a change. I think Facebook is intrinsically evil and self serving. Yet people keep following this crazy fad despite the multiple cases of revealed passwords, hacked accounts and "targeted ads". No Big Brother watching you, is there?

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  • Calvin Harris ✌ 2012/06/27 01:40:31
    No
    Calvin Harris ✌
    +2
    It's already going down the hill. Why even try?
  • jonyboy... Calvin ... 2012/06/27 02:29:31
    jonyboy12321
    i think the point of them doing this is to prevent FB from going down hill more...
  • Calvin ... jonyboy... 2012/06/27 02:33:51
    Calvin Harris ✌
    Good point! I thought about it for a moment as well.
  • rubixx cube 2012/06/27 01:39:53
    No
    rubixx cube
    +1
    facebook is a social networking site, not an email provider, and it should stay that way.
  • Your Favorite Nerd 2012/06/27 01:32:18
    No
    Your Favorite Nerd
    +2
    No it can't.
  • magicbeanbuyer 2012/06/27 01:23:27
    No
    magicbeanbuyer
    +3
    I am sick to death of facebook. It makes people sit behind a computer all day pretending to have real lives when they are pathetic losers. The last thing we need is for them to take over email. Stop using facebook. Get out and live FOR REAL!
  • ϟM̈ öp̈ëdërϟ 2012/06/27 01:23:05
    Yes
    ϟM̈ öp̈ëdërϟ
    +1
    I don't see why not.
  • Onixfox 2012/06/27 01:17:57
    No
    Onixfox
    +1
    It is honestly the worst e-mail provider I have ever tried to use.
  • sdiusdf 2012/06/27 01:09:13
  • Alvin 2012/06/27 01:05:08
    No
    Alvin
    +6
    Facebook is leading the public down a path that will insure Facebook controls everything that happens on the internet, and by that time, it will be too late for a change. I think Facebook is intrinsically evil and self serving. Yet people keep following this crazy fad despite the multiple cases of revealed passwords, hacked accounts and "targeted ads". No Big Brother watching you, is there?
  • Beat Ma... Alvin 2012/06/27 15:24:42
    Beat Magnum True Hero
    A "fad" would have died years ago. Even Sodahead uses targeted ads, and with its primary demographic being RWNJ conspiracy-nut basement dwellers, I can promise you that this site is potentially more dangerous.
  • Matt Alvin 2012/06/27 20:56:41
    Matt
    +1
    Mark Zuckerberg attended the 2011 Bilderberg meeting and gave the keynote speech. That's all I have to know that there is some potential EVIL down the road for all of us Facebook users. He is now connected with the a-holes that run the world.
  • Pookie 2012/06/27 00:41:44
    No
    Pookie
    +3
    Facebook is close to dead.
  • Beat Ma... Pookie 2012/06/27 15:25:13
    Beat Magnum True Hero
    Really? Based on what facts (other than you don't like it)?
  • Pookie Beat Ma... 2012/06/27 17:23:02
    Pookie
    i like it. but, really its dieing.
    Factually here you go:
    Six million users from the United States ditched Facebook falling from 155.2 million to 149.4 million according to figures released from Inside Facebook. Canada, the United Kingdom, Norway and Russia did likewise.

    mostly because:
    Seasonal changes such as school graduations, summer vacations, etc.
    Facebook advertising issues.
    Growth lags once Facebook becomes adopted by 50% of a country.
    Privacy concerns.
    Technical issues with Facebook in general. I’ve been having a lot lately. The main one is the page not refreshing properly.

    my opinion is its gunna end up like myspace, if it doesnt start seeing some potential changes.
  • Sister Jean 2012/06/27 00:15:48
    No
    Sister Jean
    +3
    am not happy
  • Inquisi... Sister ... 2012/06/27 05:37:10
    Inquisitve Kat
    +1
    I don't think it will affect your Facebook account and, unless people know your Facebook e-mail, they probably can't e-mail you. I agree though, I'm not a fan of the idea.
  • Skeptikat Inquisi... 2012/06/27 08:29:10
  • Inquisi... Skeptikat 2012/06/27 18:52:26
    Inquisitve Kat
    No, I do see a problem with that. I never considered the obvious (that the e-mail address would likely be our full names @facebook.com). That's pretty low!
  • mikeeonly 2012/06/26 23:59:48
    No
    mikeeonly
    +1
    I think it would be overextending itself. They already have too much personal information about people because some people insiist on making their lives public, including the lives of their children.
  • ed 2012/06/26 23:44:14
    No
    ed
    +1
    facebook is done
  • Jada_Ringo 2012/06/26 23:36:15 (edited)
    No
    Jada_Ringo
    They did that to Myspace too.

    Didn't make that an Email Service Provider did it? myspace email
  • Papillon 2012/06/26 23:02:07
  • Skeptikat Papillon 2012/06/27 19:00:46
  • Papillon Skeptikat 2012/06/30 16:33:28
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  • BOOGIE-WOOGIE-MUSIC-MAN-ROC... 2012/06/26 22:46:09
    Yes
    BOOGIE-WOOGIE-MUSIC-MAN-ROCK-N-R
    I believe they will be successful. simply because the major wireless cell phone carriers dude not provide email service. even though phones are equipped to accept email services.
  • Mecynogea 2012/06/26 22:20:19
    Yes
    Mecynogea
    I meant NO.
    That would be even worst than hotmail.
  • Anonymouse ~superdoge~ 2012/06/26 22:09:37
    No
    Anonymouse ~superdoge~
    I don't and will never use it. I use hotmail and my school email.
  • Wanderer 2012/06/26 22:06:17
    Yes
    Wanderer
    +2
    Considering the amount of people on Facebook setting up email by default will probably be succesful...but as to how many people will stay with it is another thing altogether.
    If I want something in this world I go and get it...I don't need people handing me stuff all the time.
  • Vision of Verve 2012/06/26 21:53:15
  • Chewy 2012/06/26 21:50:33
    Yes
    Chewy
    I think its a good idea. Handy too!
  • blissful 2012/06/26 21:42:34
    Yes
    blissful
    I contact most of my friends though facbook anyhow. So It really wouldn't too-much make a difference to me either way..
  • the judgebigdogeagle-~PWCM~JLA 2012/06/26 21:34:10
    Yes
    the judgebigdogeagle-~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    The way people use it {Facebook}.Yes. Am I going to use it exclusively.No. Staying where I am at.
  • Professor Wizard 2012/06/26 21:33:50
    No
    Professor Wizard
    +1
    Everybody thinks they are an email provider these days!

    How many email accounts can a person use?
  • ★~DoctorWhoGuru~★ 2012/06/26 21:28:21
    Yes
    ★~DoctorWhoGuru~★
  • Kern 2012/06/26 21:25:09
    Yes
    Kern
    Of course Facebook's email service will make it. Think of it like selling popcorn at a movie theater; you pay for the popcorn at the movie theater because it's convenient. The people at Facebook will make it convenient for you to send email from within Facebook so why would use another email service? Would you rather buy popcorn at the movie theater or go somewhere else? Would you rather send an email from within Facebook or leave Facebook to send an email and then come back in?
  • Anonymo... Kern 2012/06/26 22:11:29
    Anonymouse ~superdoge~
    +1
    Depends if the popcorn you can get elsewhere is nicer or cheaper. It might be worth your while for whatever reason to buy it somewhere else.
  • Kern Anonymo... 2012/06/26 22:23:29
    Kern
    It's all about the convenience more than the price. There are too many free email services to use price as an analogy. If you are able to send email from within the Facebook, why open another tab, log into another program to send an email when you can do it from with in Facebook like you can do when logged into Google or Yahoo?

    Facebook email won't be the only email provider but they can take some market share away from the other guys, which is what they really want to do. The point of them creating email is to show more traffic on their site so they can continue to charge what they do for advertising.

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