Facebook Messages

Much ado was made about Mark Zuckerberg's vision for Facebook messaging to function as a replacement for e-mail for the next generation. It's immediate. It's simple. It's natural. And of course it's integrated into a website where users already connect with a lot of the people they communicate with on a regular basis.

I was and still am skeptical. I rarely use Facebook messages, and when I do it's often for multi-party messaging. Occasionally I'll engage in one-on-one conversations, and it is handy to be able to quickly share images, links, etc. But Gmail is still my much more comfortable messaging home.

I did notice one psychological difference in the way I use the different services, though. When I send an e-mail, I always include at least a basic signature, "-Ryan", or my full blown contact information signature for work related e-mail. It actually feels a little rude to me not to. This is a little weird, because it's not like the people I communicate with need to see my name at the end of the e-mail to remember who sent it. However, on Facebook I have no such qualms. I rarely ever include my mini-signature.

Is it because it's more like a private forum? Is it because I expect my message to just be part of an ongoing conversation? Perhaps it's the way I relate to the two services based on their names... I would never send a letter without a signature via snail mail, so why would I send e-mail without one. Conversely, I would never add a signature to a text message, so why would I do so on a Facebook message?

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Facebook is coming up with their Email service.. It just might be named Femail !!

hehe And if the learning management system Blackboard ever develops a service, it could be Blackmail. Tongue

Reading your post, it occurred to me that I do the exact same thing...... My emails always end with a signature but my Facebook messages never have my name at the end. Could it be because we're seeing the Face of the person we're writing to? Email, much like letter writing, feels more formal. Although I do know some people who do add their signature at the end of their text messages. Funny- generally these are the silliest people I know......

It's the old messaging versus mail dichotomy (love that word so had to use it). In Rob's world this means - we transferred our concept of mail to e-mailing whereas messaging had no such paradigm from which to draw. We are both adopting the social convention of the media in which we take a part.

Sincerely and with warmest regards,
Dad

You know, I think a lot more thought goes into this than we think, or that is even needed. That whole conversation he had with his relative about "What do you use?" Talking to someone in highschool that doesn't have a real world formal need to email is just asking for a response like he received. Mostly facebook messaging, because its faster (or whatever that response was). The day that we use facebook chat to message our superiors or our bosses in the real world ...that will be the day. It's funny because working at the DOD I see some sites actually implementing Facebook which is really cool. My grandfather and grandmother actively use it so I know its not a time and age thing. I just don't think it is professional and although I believe that email could definitely replace snail mail, I don't see facebook chat or instant messaging doing so. (which is what I think facebook is shooting for) gmail pwnes to hard.

Facebook is really great at a few things, I think it fails in certain areas and that's probably where things are way over thought out. I like that Mark is always trying to improve his creation and stays with the company but I also think that if he were smart, and wanted to make it better and more fun for his users, he would just open chat rooms and section them out to specific genres. I really wish drupal had something like this, (and it might, I may just have never seen it.). Anyways keep up the good work!

(you'll get no signature outta me!)

I have no question about facebook's functionality and how it made people's communication easier. But sometimes, it's the people who are using these kinds of social media that destroy the main goal of these sites. Instead of bridging gaps, they create distance because they create doubt, anger and distrust. They use these tools to create jealousy and provoke arguments. And they are happy about it. I hope these types of people would stop and instead get a life rather than ruining other people's lives.