Later today, Facebook is widely predicted to announce a new email system for its 500 million users.
Some commentators, such as Craig Newmark of Craigslist fame, are already predicting that a Facebook email service will go further than being a Gmail-killer, and actually raises hopes of a spam-free future too.
Umm.. I think everybody needs to calm down a little. Because it’s time for a reality check.
Newmark writes about the (let’s not forget, as-yet-unannounced) Facebook email service:
you might tell Facebook email to only accept email from people with Facebook-verified identities. You might have different levels of email priority, from friends, fans, friends of friends, and so on.
(People might link their outside email addresses with their Facebook profiles, and you might choose to accept those.)…
Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.