Mark Zuckerberg, of Facebook is assuring everyone that his new FMail service (not to be confused with the now defunct FMail app, which was not operated by Facebook) is NOT a GMail killer. That's very humble, seeing as Facebook does not have the world's most popular search engine, as well as a video site (YouTube), maps service (google Maps and Google Earth), and news reader (Feed Burner). Facebook does, however, have a good social network. And now, it is trying to revolutionize e-mail, through "Project Titan." This is not an e-mail servces, but a messaging service. Okaaaay.
In all seriousness, however, I do think Facebook has the right idea. In the year 2010, you really SHOULD be able to go to one place to get all of your messages, whether they were sent by e-mail, or phone, or whatever, and that's what Facebook is trying to do. This is going to be a little bit challenging, in that Facebook not only needs to develop a way for users to receive messages, but it needs to be able to interface with countless different e-mail services (web-based, and ISP based), and IM services, etc.. The site, however, is taking a leadership role in moving us into what may eventually be known as "Web 3.0," (unless someone comes up with a better name before then), which is the integration of our databased info into what we now know as social media - with the goal of being able to give us what we want before we even know we want it.
It is not a coincidence that Facebook and Google have just recently been having a tiff over your GMail contacts. They'll soon be fighting over the content in your e-mails, as well.
Jennifer Pointer (e-mail) is in Tulsa, OK. She promotes a simple, a low-tech approach to effective online profile management, search engine optimization and social networking.