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December 10, 2010 / Rohit

New Facebook Messages

I got to try out the new Facebook messaging system. It doesn’t look like an e-mail killer, but then they never claimed it was email.

The UI seems a bit buggy over https. I don’t think it’s well known, but Facebook chat doesn’t run over https. And I have always started using https everywhere. So it seemed weird when the new messaging interface said that chat was online and not working at the same time.

Figure 1: Chat is online yet disabled.

The other interesting this is that if you send emails with attachments, it tries to send it over regular HTTP even if you are on a secure connection. It’s a different matter that even if I allow it to attach over HTTP, it fails.

Figure 2: Attachments over SSL: FAIL

Also the UI is quite clunky. First impressions are really not that good. It seems that they ran out of time and just put something up quickly. I doubt if it’s going to challenge Gmail any time soon.

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