Facebook is all set to release its mail app. There are discussions all over the blogverse that it is going to be the much awaited GMail killer. This probably might not be true and i see very less reason of why this will turn out to be a GMail killer.
The reasons being
1. Purpose of Mail communications now :-
the purposes we sent mails and the communications that happens through mail has transformed a lot in the last decade. A decade back, mail was the only media of internet communication . the main purposes then for sending mail communications were
- To be in touch with friends
- Official communication purposes
- Career purposes / Professional networking ( Applying for jobs)
- Notifications and newsletter subscriptions
Now, with the current internet media and with the advent of apps like Facebook, Twitter, Linked in many of the above communications are made irrelevant for email purposes
When was the last time you had a chain email conversation with your friend. the way you had it 4-5 years back? – Most of these communications happen through social networking sites now.Facebook newsfeed already serves this.
Official communication purposes- Mostly this is served by enterprise email softwares like microsoft exchange or google apps. however apart from that, how comfortable are you to have mail conversations with your prospective business partners through your facebook. Are you comfortable sharing your facebook Id with the business partners ? Still people will prefer to use any Non-Facebook related programs.
Career purposes – Now most of these communications happen through Networking sites like LinkedIn.
Most of the Notifications are happening through twitter and facebook already. So there is nothing that is new now that will kill the existing email apps.
With all these transformations happening, will facebook mail kill Gmail? I dont think so.