Facebook launched a messaging service today for its 500 million members and its CEO says the new service is “not an email killer”.
The move could make the social-networking site the largest internet messaging provider and challenge rivals such as Google, Yahoo and Microsoft.
The new service, which will provide users with an “@facebook.com” email address, is designed to meld email, instant messaging and SMS text messages so that users can manage their communications through a single inbox.
“This is not an email killer. This is a messaging system that includes email as a part of it,” said Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg.