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Facebook's 'Next Generation' Email, Messaging Service: What It Means For You

First Posted: 11/15/10 04:10 PM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:10 PM ET

"This is the way that the future should work," Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said of Facebook's revamped Messages system, which will provide all Facebook users with "" email addresses.

So what does this "modern messaging system" look like? What can it do--and what does it mean for you?

We've outlined 7 things you need to know about Facebook's new product. Still have questions? Share your questions by emailing us at technology [at] Read more about Facebook's announcement here and see how users have reacted to it.

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Facebook highlighted 'seamless messaging' as a key feature of the new Messages product, which unites multiple forms of e-communication and integrates text messages, IMs, and emails.

"You decide how you want to talk to your friends: via SMS, chat, email or Message," Facebook explained in a blog post. "They will receive your message through whatever medium or device is convenient for them, and you can both have a conversation in real time. You shouldn't have to remember who prefers IM over email or worry about which technology to use. Simply choose their name and type a message."

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