Yesterday’s announcement of Facebook messages has further heated the ongoing feud between Facebook and Google. However after reading the newest post on the Facebook blog, I came away feeling that Blackberry could be the big losers here.
Facebook messages do not have subject boxes, cc, or bcc, it is not a platform structured for business. It is structured for socializing. This makes sense; Facebook is after all the social network after all!!
How Facebook Messages Impacts Blackberry
Let’s take a look at how Facebook messages is very bad news for Blackberry and BBM
- Socializing and interacting quickly and easily is the unique selling point of BBM
- BBM is the major selling feature of Blackberries. If a platform that is universally compatible were to emerge, it would be logical to think that would spell trouble for Blackberry.
- The features of the new Facebook Messages give the users interaction options. You can text, IM, and I imagine sooner rather than later you will be able to call especially considering the Skype Facebook alliance.
- In essence if Facebook were to launch their own platform on their own mobile device, it would make more sense for users to scrap BBM for FBM(Facebook Messages – They even have a nice little abbreviation)
- A LOT more people have Facebook!!
Secret Facebook Phone
I think it is safe to say that the Techcrunch report of the “Secret Facebook Phone” is totally on point. Facebook has the infrastructure to be a giant in the mobile phone industry. Some points to discuss about the potential release of a Facebook phone:
- You will likely not need a sim card for a Facebook phone
- You could essentially add your billing details online and log in
- Leveraging the agreement with Skype, Facebook could use VOIP calling to radically reduce the cell phone bills
Facebook is so engaging on mobile devices such as iPhones. When a user is on Facebook on a mobile device, they are likely engaging continuously in comparison to on a desktop or laptop where Facebook users may be logged in but not engaging.
Is Facebook Building an OS?
Facebook may have actually conceded the desktop market to Google, and decided we can get you guys in the mobile market. The blog post really hints at their intention:
“Relatively soon, we'll probably all stop using arbitrary ten digit numbers and bizarre sequences of characters to contact each other. We will just select friends by name and be able to share with them instantly. We aren't there yet, but the changes today are a small first step.”
All these recent announcements are leading me to believe Facebook is not only developing a phone, I believe they are also readying an Operating System for market.
In June this year Facebook poached Google Chrome lead engineer Matt Papakipos from Facebook, with the rumored intention of building their own browser. However wouldn’t it make more sense for them to poach super talented, experienced staff with the intention of not competing but crushing one market? That market of course is the Mobile market.
What’s your opinion on the matter? Am I mad as a box of frogs, or do you agree that Facebook is preparing to launch a worldwide attack on cellular networks? A world where Facebook will be a cost saver for users, and all a user will need is a data plan for all their communication needs!!