To give Google, yahoo and other E-Mail companies a serious competition, Facebook has finally launched its own E-Mail address. Now you can create your own E-Mail address at firstname.lastname@example.org and can receive & send e-mails like yahoo, Gmail, etc.
To set up a email@example.com address, go to your Messages view and click the “Claim your Facebook email” link.
Before setting up your E-Mail address, you need to claim your username first at http://www.facebook.com/username/ if you don’t have one.
You can also choose your username when you create your email address.
Your email address will match your public username, for example:
The next step is to “Turn on Text Messaging” to help exchanging mobile texts also with friends.
Once you set up your email address at facebook, people can email you using any traditional email system (e.g., rediffmail, Yahoo mail or Gmail), and the emails will be delivered to your Facebook Messages. When you send messages to external email addresses, the emails will be formatted to look like Facebook messages, including your name, your profile picture and your message. But the biggest issue with this is that all your chats is also automatically saving in your messages which causes irritation to the users.
Facebook is rolling out this to everyone gradually. If your account is still not upgraded to new facebook messages, ask your friends to send you an invitation.
So what do you think guys; with more than 700 million users on Facebook, is it a real threat to Google and yahoo?