By Harry McCracken | Friday, November 12, 2010 at 7:50 am
Monday morning at 10am PT, Facebook is holding a press event in San Francisco. TechCrunch’s Jason Kincaid reports that he hears the subject is a full-blown Facebook e-mail service that gives every member an @facebook.com account. Inside Facebook, they supposedly consider it to be a Gmail killer.
If that does turn out to be the news, it’ll confirm a months-old rumor about a Facebook project code-named “Titan.”
I’m always up for an interesting new twist on e-mail, and am intrigued by the idea of an ambitious, brand-new Webmail service–at this point, Gmail, Hotmail, and Yahoo Mail are all hobbled a bit by their sheer venerability and deep roots in traditional ways of doing things. But as I mentioned when “Titan” scuttlebutt first surfaced, I also like the fact that the Facebook inbox isn’t a traditional inbox. It’s simple, nearly spam-free, and focused on communications with people I already know and like.
If “Titan” is real, I hope it doesn’t mess up all the things about Facebook communications that don’t need messing with.
I’ll be at Monday’s event–I’ll tweet highlights as they happen, then report back here once we know the upshot.