But TechCrunch knows more than that – they claim that according to reliable sources, Facebook is about to launch a webmail client, a “Gmail killer”. TechCrunch also speculates that Facebook’s own webmail service might be one of the reasons behind the recent struggle between Facebook and Google regarding contact person imports to/from Gmail.
Facebook already has a built-in “private message” feature you can use between your friends and such. It’s far from perfect but it’s good for a lot of things. Personally, I’d rather avoid using it. I love being able to search my local inbox for mails, and when a mail conversation has happened on Facebook, then I can’t search it inside my local e-mail.
Another – and probably more important downside – is data mining. Gmail already “reads” your e-mail to serve relevant ads. Facebook will surely do the same. But when is it enough? How much do you want Facebook to know about you and your e-mail habits?
For me, I’ll pass on this one. Without even knowing what it is yet.