With more than 1,500 votes, the debate over whether or not a Facebook email product could serve as a replacement for Gmail was fierce. While many readers of this site love using Facebook, the results were somewhat surprising.
So what did people think? More than half of respondents to our poll stated that they would not make a shift from Gmail to a Facebook-owned email. If Facebook did a survey and found similar results, perhaps that would explain the New York Times’ source:
But one person with knowledge of Facebook’s plans said that the new communications services would not be meant to be used on their own, like other e-mail systems. Instead, they would be tightly coupled with Facebook’s other services.
Still, this source doesn’t suggest that the application won’t serve as a replacement to other email products on the market. Another 45 percent of users said they’d either use both Gmail and Facebook’s product or they would be willing to make a total switch. In other words the market is completely split. This morning Facebook will have to work at convincing users that the new service is truly a life-changing product in order to convince them to make the shift.
We’ll be covering Facebook’s announcement live starting around 10:00 PST.