Facebook Messages: What You Get When You Upgrade Cali Lewis January 14, 2011 News 26 Comments 228 Shares Google+ 1 Twitter 126 Facebook 79 LinkedIn 22 Reddit 0 Pin It Share 0 Buffer 0 228 Shares × When I logged into Facebook tonight (around 9:15 PM), I was prompted to upgrade to the new Facebook Messages. They’ve been spreading out the invites to this over the last few days, and it’ll continue over some period of time, so I wanted to show you what you’ll get when you get the option! If you recall, in November, Facebook held a press conference to announce their plans for a more integrated platform. The idea is to allow you to see your messages, your chats, even text messages sent through the Facebook system, all in one place. See all that content ON Facebook, of course, where else? Let’s take a look at what you’ll get when you upgrade to Facebook Messages: First up, the option to upgrade. Facebook explains that you’ll get your messages, chats and texts all in one place. Once you upgrade, you get the chance to activate your Facebook email address. You don’t get to choose – your username becomes the first part of your email address, so it’ll look like this: email@example.com To be clear, someone can use your new email address – firstname.lastname@example.org FROM their regular mail client and still get a message to you. It works just as any other email address, with the exception that I don’t see the ability to set it up via POP or IMAP to access in your regular mail client. Hmm, I wonder why… This will definitely become a major competitor for Gmail. Once you’ve activated your Facebook email address, you can move on to the next step and choose if you want to turn on your text messages. People will be able to send you messages through SMS if you turn this feature on. Of course, standard rates apply, but Facebook doesn’t charge you anything extra. The third stop is to activate your chat. You’ll see this in the same area as messages and text messages. Now you’re good to go! Choose “Messages” in the left column, and you’ll see everything Facebook thinks is a priority in one place. Messages that aren’t from friends will go to the “Other” box. This type of feature can always take a little getting used to, as the computer “smart” sorting isn’t always correct. A couple things to note: The Quick Reply box has changed a bit. It’s much tinier and doesn’t expand when you click inside the box. The “Quick Reply mode” is automatically turned on, so when you hit enter, you’re going to send whatever partial message you’ve typed. I don’t know about you, but I’m a big fan of paragraphs, so I’ve already sent a few partial messages in only 15 minutes of playing with Facebook Messages! Definitely uncheck that Quick Reply Mode box unless you’re the kind of person who only types a few words in each message, and don’t want to use paragraphs! You’ll also notice in the above screenshot that you can send it via text message. If that user hasn’t activated her text messages, it’ll tell you so, but allow you to “encourage her to activate it”. You can also send an attachment, or open up your webcam and take a picture or video to send. I tend to prefer a little separation in my various messages, so I’m not sure I’ll be loving this new feature, BUT having said that, I can totally see many of you loving it and using it. And… I know a lot of you will be bringing this up in the comments and on Twitter and Facebook, so let’s discuss it. Facebook wants you to use them for ALL your content – email, chat and SMS. That’s no different than any other company, but it certainly brings up privacy issues as well as just purely the scare factor of ALL your messages being in one place, with one provider. What if someone actually outdoes Facebook? Hard to believe, I know! But it’s possible. What are your thoughts? Do you have it yet, and if so, do you like it? 26 Responses Phil January 14, 2011 if it means more ways for people to pester me on there I don’t want it. Dave Wright January 14, 2011 I don’t particularly want another email address. I have been using Hotmail since before Microsoft bought it: no AOL then, and no Gmail now. At this point, I don’t see what else you would get that you don’t have now, especially chat. Aaron January 15, 2011 Still waiting for it down here John Smith January 15, 2011 Unless they offer IMAP or POP3, I’m not going to use it for my email. Even then it’ll just be forwarding messages. I’ve already got an email account that gives me much better control (gmail). Given facebook’s privacy track record, you’d have to be crazy to trust them with personal information. Roger January 15, 2011 I don’t want another email address, so I’ll opt out on this change. It will take time for the mobile clients to jump on board, anyway. Cali Lewis January 15, 2011 A couple more things: 1) @A554551N4710N on Twitter says if you hold down shift while pressing the enter button, it’ll allow you to enter paragraphs, rather than send the message. That’s useful! 2) If you have the Facebook iPhone App, and keep notifications on, you don’t need the SMS notifications, unless you really want to see them listed visually with all the other stuff inside Facebook. Jared January 17, 2011 I don’t see how this is any different than any of the other web based email providers currently available. And as previously mentioned, the lack of IMAP or POP3 support makes Facebook email seem antiquated. I’m going to opt out of this one. Joe Taylor Jr. January 18, 2011 Here’s the biggest shift I’d have to make if this were going to become my main communication platform: The interface takes me out of the e-mail routine I’ve used for twenty years: splitting up conversations by topic. Instead, every time I’m in a conversation with someone, I’m seeing ALL of my conversations with them. So, it’s like text messaging that never forgets. If I’m juggling a few different thoughts with a few different people, I now have to look at that differently than I would if I could keep those under different threads in my e-mail. At the same time, I definitely notice more of my clients and contacts leaving subject lines blank or just using something like “Hey.” I wouldn’t necessarily be inclined to use Facebook messaging, except until my clients start expecting/demanding that I work with them on their choice of platform. We’ll have to see how this gets adopted by mainstream users. Sandra January 20, 2011 I want my messaging back to the way it was. I don’t like the new updated message crap. How can I go back to the original??? Cali Lewis January 20, 2011 Unfortunately, I haven’t found a way… Marti January 24, 2011 I want out of it also. after I think I have deleted a conversation, I go to messages and there it is again, VERY DANGEROUS!!!!! Please find out how to get out of it. tim January 21, 2011 DONT DO IT!!! It totally sucks. if you know how to undo this upgrade please tell me email@example.com Deidre West January 23, 2011 Please share how to undo this firstname.lastname@example.org. I REALLY DON’T LIKE IT! I want to just be able to click all and delete and unfortunately this new format does not give you an option to do that. gowhar January 26, 2011 plzzz get me out of it..i am fed up of this system….help me out..i want to undo this…plz plz plz quickly :(..follow my profilehttp://www.facebook.com/gowhar0fredie Akash January 27, 2011 Thank you so much for Sharing this.. shadi March 10, 2011 I want my messaging back to the way it was. I don’t like the new updated message . How can I go back to the original?????? Thapelo Plalai March 11, 2011 hw do i undo the message upgrade thing, i did it and my inbox is messed with chat messages , i want to go back , HOW DO I DO THAT?Y IS IT THAT THERE IS NO UNDO BUTTON? Thapelo Plalai March 11, 2011 reply ro my email, email@example.com Myrtle K. March 12, 2011 take me back to the old message systm i do not like the upgrade it is ridiculous Lochlan Broughton March 18, 2011 I liked automatically getting text messages when someone sent me a FB message. now it means that to get a text friends will actually have to click on the also send as text button, which im sure many people will forget, or not bother to do. And now i have to go back to constantly checking FB for new messages (i get alot of FB messages all the time). cant say i like the new upgrade saravanan March 19, 2011 guys this new system is a total mess not like the previous versions please find the solution for this the fb admin have not replied which i have asked for the past one week please get the hell out of this Christy March 30, 2011 I HATE IT!!!! HOW DO I CHANGE BACK! ashley yauger May 22, 2011 i hate it, ihad activatedit, then deactivated it, but now in my message section there is box 4 me 2 reactivate it, and i cant get to my sent messages. i really hate it, sorry. please put me back to original kyle June 21, 2011 i want this invite me? http://www.facebook.com/#!/moscow97 rose July 3, 2011 i don’t know how to upgrade this new stuff for quick reply mode can some one helps me on this please sarah August 3, 2011 It’s f*&%^$ terrible. I want to be able to delete individual messages I send or receive without deleting everything ever exchanged between me and someone. And I really don’t want to see every message ever sent between me and another when I’m sending them a new message. And if it’s OPTIONAL it should be reversible once I’ve realized that I freakin’ hate it, and as of now, it isn’t. I don’t want all my messages in the same place. I want to organize things as I want them. That means separate messages. Urgh.