<![CDATA[Last September, the American Farm Bureau sold its fb.com domain to what was then an undisclosed buyer. Then, about two months ago it was revealed that the ?who is? for the domain had been updated to show that who was actually Facebook. At the time, it was thought that the social networking giant was using fb.com as an internal site; although some like TechCrunch and the New York Times speculated that domain was destined to service Facebook email accounts. Today, Mashable told us that the purchase of fb.com cost Facebook a hefty $8.5 million ? 42 times the amount that was paid for Facebook.com. The question is; was it worth it? The question really boils down to what this Facebook email scheme is all about and whether it is an idea that will take off or fall flat. According to Mark Zuckerberg, ?email? is not the right word for the service ? that it is designed to be more of a modern messaging system. ?It?s not email,? he says. Based on what we know so far, the new system will revamp the way we send messages to each other, providing every Facebook user with an email address. Your messages will then be deposited into an inbox. According to a Facebook blog post, Facebook Messages will combine messaging, social inbox, and cross-platform conversation ? all in a way that can be organised by you the way you want them. There will be no subject lines, cc or bcc. (This is why they keep reiterating, ?It?s not email.?) It sounds clever; it could be good for FB business users as well. The new system is expected to be introduced by invitation only over the next few months.]]>
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