[tweetmeme source=”getintheinbox” only_single=false]I’ve just found a nicely put together article called “Facebook Messaging: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly” By Joseph C Lawrence 03.08.11 for Memeburn.
It very nicely puts together lots of what I have already written out Facebook Messaging as it rolls out.
Joseph also talks a bit more about the SMS aspect of it and the ease of use of the social inbox as it hosts your communications per conversation and not per medium – which was the idea and appears to be working well.
I’m still waiting for more from Facebook Messaging. Some kind of better interface would be nice. Right now it’s a tucked away section of Facebook and the interface once you’ve got there is rudimentary. They won’t be taking any social messaging traffic away from Gmail, Yahoo and Hotmail this way.
Joseph also touches nicely on the ease of spam and the fact that anyone can see the personal url of anyone, so can then know your email address; this invites spammers and in my opinion could be the big failure of this and could even be what kills Facebook if they’re not careful. It’ll be bot heaven, time will have to tell though.
I’d suggest that Facebook does not give people the personal url if they are not friends with that person or that person has allowed public access. That way bots and other human spammers won’t be able to hammer Facebook with spam.
Just paste facebook.com/ into your browser and then add any kind of name or nickname you can think of afterwards and hit go, have a few tries, you’ll see what I mean.
We’ve lived the clunky Facebook years and they did a good job re-writing PHP run time with HipHop for PHP but it’s still not light speed and the last thing I want is to have to re-asses Friendster, Tagworld & MySpace because my preferred social network performs like an Amstrad CPC 464 (which in it’s day was gravy but I much preferred the Amstrad CPC 6128, the machine I wrote my first computer game on).
While I’m sure Facebook can afford the hardware to handle it, how efficiently will they handle it and why on earth would the put them selves in that position in the first place remains a mystery to me and only servers to fuel my concerns.
I really hope it all works, I like the idea and it should increase my life’s convenience levels but I’m currently not confident of the execution at the moment.