Facebook unveils e-mail system – USATODAY.com

How would you like a Facebook.com e-mail address?

The social networking giant is slowly rolling out a new messaging system that will offer Facebook’s half-billion active users an optional e-mail address that will let folks send or receive messages from Facebook to or from traditional email accounts.

Facebook made the formal announcement at a press conference today in San Francisco.

Facebook’s approach differs from Google’s Gmail or other Web-based e-mail services. “We want people to be able to communicate in whatever way they choose: email, text or Facebook message,” notes Facebook spokeswoman Meredith Chin. “People are given the choice to opt in to having a Facebook e-mail address as a way to have one destination for all of their messages. But, this product is not e-mail. It is modeled much more after Chat.”

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