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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 "@facebook.com" 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] huffingtonpost.com. 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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