Facebook Messages in 4:11

Here is Facebook’s official YouTube video that explains the concept behind its new messaging platform. You can also read more about it here on Facebook’s official blog.

Although I find the idea of simpler sharing refreshing, it is not a novel idea and by no means a simple task to implement effectively on a grand scale. Notwithstanding, Facebook is dead on when it says that ‘all you should need to send a message is the person and the message.’ In fact, this is how all communication should work — the means of communication are extraneous — only the persons communicating and the message are relevant.

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.

This is the end goal, and I am delighted that Facebook realizes this and is taking ‘a small first step’ towards that goal. However, I am still skeptical that Facebook will be instrumental in the grand scheme of making simple sharing a reality.