In a not totally surprising move, rumors are circulating today that Facebook may be working on adding e-mail to its repertoire of services that keep us on the site for hours on end.
TechCrunch is reporting today that it has spoken with “a source with knowledge of the product” that Facebook is working on adding old fashioned e-mail to it its messaging system. Â Codenamed “Project Titan”, the new e-mail service would take your vanity Facebook URL and turn it into an e-mail address such as “email@example.com”.
Unlike the e-mail implementation that MySpace put into place, the Facebook system is said to have full POP and IMAP functionality meaning you could use it with third-party e-mail clients such as Outlook, Thunderbird or over your cell phones.
Michael Arrington goes on to say that internally at Facebook they are referring to this as “a Gmail killer”, but I have to agree with Mr. Arrington that those are some pretty high hopes.
Personally, I use Facebook, but I don’t get the fervor with which people flock to it. Â It’s a nice distraction from time to time, but I don’t feel a need to check it multiple times a day like most people. Â And the idea of my e-mail address being “@facebook.com” holds very little appeal to me. Â I already have multiple e-mail addresses I check every day, I really don’t need another.