Facebook just announced their new messaging system.
Count me out.
I’m not particularly interested in giving Facebook yet another way to slurp up more of my data into their systems where I can’t easily get it it back.
I’ve always hated Facebook messages. Mostly because I have to access them through Facebook’s site (or app) and they’re really hard to share with anyone who isn’t on Facebook. The original implementation got a bunch of other stuff wrong too, most notably the fact that in an N-way conversation for N > 2, the default action is reply-all. (Why on god's green earth?!)
This doesn’t strike me as a really great way to think about communication. No subject lines? No threading? Okay, they’d better have some kick-ass search, and I doubt that they’re going to. They claim to be “working on” IMAP support. Why isn’t it here now? The answer to that is that Facebook doesn’t want you to use IMAP because then you won’t go through their site to get to your messages.
Sure, I’ll probably get my @facebook.com address just in case someone really can’t figure out any other way to contact me (there’s a reason I list my email address and IM screen names on my Facebook profile), but I’m not about to start using it instead of real email and IM. Maybe if it were anyone other than Facebook.
… hey, maybe that should be my new slogan. “Anywhere but Facebook”. What do you think?