facebook messaging is not email. i knew this was bound to be confused on a personal level at some point. the discussion about this at work occurred over a year ago. my colleague pointed out that kids of this coming generation wouldn’t know what email really was because facebook’s messaging would be their norm. i have an email address. i check my email constantly. i don’t always check facebook. i wouldn’t consider that a reliable source of contact for someone i wanted to reach. email and sms would be my initial weapons of choice.
i recently saw alex albrecht’s take on facebook events, which coincides with this philosophy, and i totally agree with him. the clip from the episode is below, but be warned that as is typical with every diggnation episode there is some offensive language.
Bearish on Google & How to Secure Your Facebook
should you stop using facebook? no. should you not message me via facebook? no. if you do message me via facebook, should you expect a timely answer? no. i have missed events because people assumed i would see it in facebook. that’s why email will always win over facebook. (also, facebook is not the internet either.)