The Bottom Line
Facebook Messages's chasteness works well for a limited amount of personal mail, texts and messages, but to handle all your mail, Facebook Messages could do well with more robust tools for managing emails and contacts.
- Facebook Messages
- The spam filter weeds out spam quite effectively, and you can set up Facebook Messages to accept mail only from people you know
- Facebook Messages search is pleasantly fast and — though simple — useful
- Facebook Messages lacks POP or IMAP access for use in desktop and mobile email applications
- An email address book and keyboard shortcuts are missing, some actions more roundabout than needed
- Facebook Messages cannot fetch mail from other email accounts, and you cannot send using these addresses
- Facebook Messages combines email, text messages and Facebook's own personal messages as well as chat in one communication package.
- Messages are arranged chronologically as conversations with certain senders or groups.
- Easy archiving helps keep your Facebook Messages inbox clean.
- A spam filter detects and banishes much junk mail automatically to a special folder. What gets through can be reported to improve the filter.
- You can also set up Facebook Messages to accept only messages from people you know in Facebook.
- To get to the most important messages first, you can have mail and messages from certain senders relegated to an "Other" folder.
- Search returns results from messages' full text fast; inbox search results do not include junk and archived mail, which can be searched separately.
- Facebook Messages shows all email and message's content using text only by default. You can expand that to see the full message.
- New mail notifications appear in the Facebook toolbar.
- You can export your Facebook Messages emails, texts and chat transcripts as web pages.