Facebook is rumored to be announcing an email addition to their sprawling online empire Monday at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco. According to the Guardian website, they are set to unveil the facebook.com email domain to advance in their rivalry with Google. It is said to be referred to behind the walls of Facebook as the “gmail killer.”
What is a Web Summit?
The Web 2.0 Summit will be conducted from November 15-17, and there will be appearances by anyone who is anyone in the virtual world. The Web2.0Summit site lists some of the expected speakers:
Over 50 leaders and global executives including Julius Genachowski (Chairman, FCC), Ariel Emanuel (CEO, WME Entertainment), Carol Bartz (CEO, Yahoo!), Mark Zuckerberg (CEO, Facebook), Susan Wojcicki (Google), and Robin Li (Chairman & CEO, Baidu) will join us onstage this year.
Google and Facebook are continuing to face off as “world powers,” and as each reaches further into the domain of the other, it is unclear who will finish on the top of the heap. There appears to even be some competition for talent, as this article by Alexei Oreskovic on Reuters tells us. Google is even raising salaries attempting to attract the best and brightest of Silicon Valley.
You@facebook.com or You@Gmail?
While nobody outside of Oz knows exactly what the details will be of a Facebook-based email system, we can speculate. Will you use this email or messaging opportunity? Will you continue to use Gmail as your web-based email? Most people have a Gmail account already, even if they have a pop mail account through their IP. Do you trust Facebook to be your main email provider?
It might be handy to have the capability to include those who are not on Facebook in a correspondence from time to time. However, how many people do you know who are not on Facebook?
Most people in Tennessee could not care less about the Facebook-Google rivalry at this time of year. They are focused on real rivalries on the football field! University of Tennessee will face Vanderbilt next weekend, although it has been a somewhat one-sided rivalry. Here is an interesting article about how we determine who is a rivalry, and how a rivalry may not be reciprocal. Interestingly, the title of the article is, “The State of Hate: Football Rivalries at Tennessee.” You can follow UT football live here.