Ep 47 of 2010
November 22, 2010
This week it's Facebook's turn to make waves in the pond that is the internet. Facebook has completely rewritten their messaging product and has launch it this week, internally known as Project Titan, or unofficially and perhaps over-enthusiastically, the Gmail killer.
The all-in-one messaging service allows for the first time its 500 million members to communicate with people outside the social network, intensifying a battle with Google and Yahoo for users' Internet time.
Addressing speculation the world's largest social networking site was planning a "Gmail-killer," Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg said the new system will let users own an @facebook.com addresses, but stressed it went beyond mere email. All in all, the new mail feature, to be rolled out over coming months, lets users send and receive instant and text messages in addition to standard email and Facebook notes. Though CEO Mark Zuckerberg didn't go as far as declaring email dead, he sees the 40-year-old technology as secondary to more seamless, faster ways of communicating such as text messages and chats.
The Facebook founder said this isn't an email killer, more a messaging system that includes email as one part of it. Zuckerberg said more than 350 million of Facebook's half-billion users now actively send and receive messages on his website, and did not expect people to stop using traditional email tomorrow, but he hoped more and more will shift to an integrated, cross-platform mode of communications over the longer term, such as the service he debuted last Monday week.
Facebook and Google's intensifying rivalry is expected to play a crucial role in shaping the future of the Internet and the industry is closely watching their pitched struggle for Web surfers' time online, advertising dollars, and increasingly costly Silicon Valley talent.
According to a 2009 survey from the Pew Internet and American Life Project, Text messaging has surpassed face-to-face contact, email, phone calls and instant messaging as the primary form of communication for US teens. I wonder if that applies to Australian teens as well.
This week on Tech Talk Radio
- Adam takes a look at Facebook's Project Titan and draws parallels to Google's now defunct Wave.
- Leena Van Deventer talks video games for the 18+,
- Political pressure applied to Labor in Federal parliament to produce an NBN Business Plan,
- Microsoft say don't swap the cards in Phone 7
- Microsoft's IE9 and Silverlight guru Michael Kordhai updates keeps us up to speed with the companies new web browser and
- Woz says that Android is a platform for “everyone”