Facebook Email – What Law Firms Need to Know

Facebook is announcing something new tomorrow. This time it’s about email.

If your Facebook use is limited to non-work networks you don’t need be concerned. Read further if you use it in your professional circles as well.

Internet News Giant Mashable received an Facebook hosted invitation to attend an invite-only event in San Francisco on Monday, Nov. 15th. They think it has something to do with the revamping of Facebook’s messaging and inbox system.

What You Need to Know

Tom Eldridge of Social Media Today makes an interesting point.

People in or out of our Facebook circle of friends would instantly have their Facebook profile associated to their email address. Their social status, their checkins, their interests will be immediately accessible whenever you send or receive an email. Instead of faceless email addresses you will have a viable engagement opportunity with someone you may or may not know.

Ben Parr of Mashable  has this to say:

In our opinion, the current Facebook messaging system is broken.  It is difficult to manage; users are unable to send messages outside of Facebook; and the system can’t handle simple things like attachments and forwarding.

Kim-Mai Cutler tells us what our Facebook email address might be:

Users’ vanity URLs are probably the first part of the email address.  But it’s possible that the domain could be shorter than vanity@facebook.com, like @fb.com.  The domain fb.com is registered by brand protection firm MarkMonitor and its owner is concealed.  There are other possibilities as well.  Fbmail.com is registered by web hosting company Dotster, Inc., while fmail.com is owned by another domain reseller Tucows., Inc. 

What You Need to Do

Pretty simple.  Adjust your privacy settings accordingly once this launches and find out what your new Facebook email address is.


Because more and more law firms are creating Facebook Pages for their businesses it will be interesting to note how this affects them as well.

I’m convinced I’ll stay a Google girl for the time being.  I use their calendars, documents, analytics, etc. and I can’t imagine using Facebook for any of these.  We’ll find out more tomorrow.

What are your thoughts?  Would you drop your current email provider for Facebook’s new system?

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