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Facebook expected to launch ‘Gmail rival’

Social media giant, Facebook are said to be introducing a new messaging system which could compete with other well-known messaging systems such as Google’s Gmail, Yahoo and Hotmail.

Facebook is known to have more than 500 million users worldwide and are due to host a special event in San Francisco on Monday at 1000 (1800 GMT)..

Unconfirmed reports suggest Facebook could announce its own e-mail address – @facebook.com – or even a fully-fledged web-based e-mail system.

Google have banned Facebook from importing its users’ e-mail contacts. In reply, Facebook enabled a workaround that let users save their Google contacts to their computers before importing them into Facebook.

Facebook’s huge user base is seen as a potential treasure trove of information, especially for advertisers who wish to use Social Media as a way of targeting their audience.

Analysts say the social networking firm, founded by Mark Zuckerberg, is becoming an increasingly powerful rival to Google because of the loyalty of its user base.

Jesus Diaz of technology blog Gizmodo said that while Google had the most to be concerned about, other e-mail providers would also be worried.

“If I were Google, Yahoo or Hotmail, I’d be very nervous,” he told the BBC.

Facebook has the world’s most popular photos product, the most popular events product, and soon will have a very popular local deals product as well.  It can tweak the design of its webmail client to display content from each of these in a seamless fashion (and don’t forget messages from games, or payments via Facebook Credits). And there’s also the social element: Facebook knows who your friends are and how closely you’re connected to them; it can probably do a pretty good job figuring out which personal emails you want to read most and prioritize them accordingly.

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