Facebook to Assimilate Email
The new approach to messaging came about from a conversation Zuckerberg had with his girlfriend's sister who, still in high school, considers email "too slow." He says Facebook's messaging system will do away with the annoying "friction and cognitive load" of having to find an email address, create a subject line and deal with the other formalities of email, such as salutations.
But the platform, which took a year to build with the largest engineering team Facebook's ever put together to develop a product, is not yet finished. Among touches to come in the future, Zuckerberg wants it to have iMap support and synch up with other systems. The availability of "@facebook.com" email addresses was also announced during the conference, but is still in the invite-only stage.