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That could lessen the need for people to use communications tools other than Facebook, said Altimeter Group analyst Charlene Li.
“It may not be a Gmail killer, but it could be nibbler,” she predicted.
It could also nibble away at other e-mail services from Microsoft Corp., Yahoo Inc. and AOL Inc. According to comScore, Microsoft’s Hotmail had nearly 362 million unique monthly users in September, the latest available figure. Yahoo mail followed with 273 million and Gmail, the fastest-growing service, with 193 million.
Google CEO Eric Schmidt welcomed Facebook’s expanded role in online commmunications. “More competition is always good because competition makes the market larger,” Schmidt said in a meeting with reporters at the Web 2.0 technology summit. “We are all well served by having everybody online.”
With Facebook’s foray into e-mail, Jonathan Zittrain, professor of law and computer science at Harvard University, said he’d like to see the company be more open in allowing users to turn to outside software to process their Facebook activities.
“We ought to be able to take our lists of friends, or our wall contents, or our photo archives easily from one service to another,” he said.
The first Internet e-mail system arrived in the early 1970s. Though e-mail is still a primary form of communication for older adults, recent studies suggest this is not the case for young people.
Text messaging has surpassed face-to-face contact, e-mail, phone calls and instant messaging as the primary form of communication for U.S. teens, according to a 2009 survey from the Pew Internet and American Life Project.
Facebook sees its messaging service as a way to deepen its connection with the more than 500 million users of its network. If it can persuade its vast audience to become faithful users of its e-mail service, Facebook conceivably will have more opportunities to sell advertising that caters to their likes and dislikes.
That ambition also could heighten the privacy issues surrounding Facebook as it becomes more deeply ingrained in people’s lives and its computers become a treasure trove of personal information.
Jeff Chester, executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy, a privacy watchdog group, called Facebook’s move into e-mail “deeply disturbing.” He said that under the guise of giving users a new utility, the company “opens up another door that allows it to closely track how their members communicate.”
Privacy concerns aside, Wedbush Morgan analyst Lou Kerner, who follows social media, sees the feature expanding the site’s appeal.
“It’s going to bring some of the remaining holdouts to the Facebook platform,” Kerner said.
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