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Will you use Facebook’s new messaging service?

November 15, 2010

FACEBOOK/It’s official.  Soon you’ll be able to adopt your very own “facebook.com” email address.

Facebook announced a new all-in-one messaging tool on Monday, after much speculation that the social networking giant was planning a so-called “Gmail-killer.

But CEO Mark Zuckerberg stressed that his company’s new service offers a whole lot more than just email.  The new tool allows users to send instant and text messages in addition to standard email and Facebook notes, he said.

“This is not an email killer. This is a messaging system that includes email as one part of it,” Zuckerberg told reporters at a press gathering in San Francisco.

Over time, Zuckerberg argued, more and more people will switch from basic email to the integrated, cross-platform mode of communication offered up by Facebook’s new service.  More than 350 million of Facebook’s half-billion users now actively send and receive messages on the website.

Whatever people choose to call it, the new tool offers Facebook users new reasons to spend even more time on the site, posing a potential challenge to popular email platforms such as Google and Yahoo.

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(Photo: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at a news conference where he unveiled a new Facebook messaging system in San Francisco, California November 15, 2010. REUTERS/Robert Galbra)

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