[Weekly Wrapup] Facebook Inbox & Deals; Google Instant Previews & Buzz Settlement
- Facebook’s “Gmail Killer”
- Google Launches Instant Previews
- Google Buzz Class Action Settlement
- Just How Much Will Facebook Deals Cost You?
Facebook’s “Gmail Killer”
We’ve been hearing rumors for a while now about Facebook’s secret “Project Titan,” a fully featured webmail client that we hear is unofficially referred to internally as its “Gmail killer.” Now we’re hearing that it will be officially unveiled at the event Facebook is holding on Monday. It is expected that users will be able to acquire their own @facebook.com email addresses.
Facebook has the most popular photos product, the most popular events product, and soon a very popular deals product. They could easily integrate these (and other Facebook services) seamlessly into their inbox project. Facebook could also kill Gmail’s new priority feature because they can easily track who you interact with and prioritize emails accordingly.
Google Launches Instant Previews
As if Google Instant wasn’t instant enough, Google has launched Instant Previews, which “provides a graphic overview of a search result and highlights the most relevant sections, making finding the right page as quick and easy as flipping through a magazine.” All you have to do is click the magnifying glass icon, and then hover over search results to get a preview of the page layout before visiting the webpage. This is perfect for finding a site you saw earlier — you can just check out the instant preview and see if it looks familiar.
Google says that Instant Previews will usually load in a tenth of a second, and other previews are loaded in the background so you will never have to wait.
Google Buzz Class Action Settlement
Almost a year ago, Google released their social media service called Google Buzz. The point of Buzz was to start conversations about things you care about via the sharing of updates, links, photos, videos, etc. Unfortunately several users found privacy holes and brought a class action lawsuit against Google, which they have now settled. You can read about that in detail here and here.
Just How Much Will Facebook Deals Cost You?
Like many other location-based services, Facebook is going to incorporate the “check in and get a discount” philosophy into Facebook Places.
What does this mean for users? Facebook explained that they are not profiting directly from these deals, and are instead profiting via advertising relationships, for now. Facebook claims that Deals is intended to benefit the user, but keep in mind that the term “user” includes not only customers, but also businesses. For that reason, we’re assuming that when you check in at your favorite clothing store and get a good deal on those awesome jeans, you’re handing your personal information over to the business. Does anyone else think this sounds familiar?