Facebook to unveil 'Gmail killer'
Facebook could be poised to announce a radical overhaul of its messaging service, internet rumours are suggesting. But will @Facebook.com addresses really allow the social network to rival Gmail?
Facebook will hold an event on Monday that internet rumours are suggesting could include the announcement of its own email service.
The announcement of “Project Titan” could see personal “@facebook.com” email addresses unveiled for the public, and overhaul the site's entire messaging system.
No UK event is planned, however, so it seems that the so-called “gmail killer” may initially have a limited launch, if indeed it exists.
Techcrunch has reported that the product may be limited at launch, while pointing to the significant potential of an email application that integrates with Facebook’s popular places, photos and events applications.
Unusually, Facebook has chosen not to use its Palo Alto headquarters. Instead the event will tie in with the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco. The social network’s founder Mark Zuckerberg will be speaking at the summit the following afternoon.
According to Mashable, Facebook’s current messaging system is “difficult to manage; users are unable to send messages outside of Facebook; and the system can't handle simple things like attachments and forwarding. If Facebook really wants to take on Google, it needs to have a far more robust messaging system akin to web-based e-mail. Monday may be the day we see that happen.”
Project Titan was first mentioned in detail by Michael Arrington on TechCrunch in February. It has not yet, however, received any official confirmation that it is a full webmail product.