"In a direct assault on e-mail vendors like Google and Yahoo, Facebook unveiled a unified messaging system on Monday that allows users to communicate with each other across mediums like e-mail, text messaging and online chat services," writes LA Times blogger Shan Li.
" 'We modeled it more closely to chat and reduced the number of things you need to do to send a message,' Joel Seligstein, a Facebook engineer, said in a blog. 'We wanted to make this more like a conversation,' " Li writes.
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Facebook rolls out new messaging system