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> I was hoping Google Wave would take off an neatly combine the two.

This is the best thing about Facebook messages: they’re hafway between chat and email and a conversation can seamlessly morph from one form to the other and back.

Facebook messages suck.

- You can't read them without announcing that you did. - FB parses and might even censor you message if it contains blacklisted domains.

I actually really like facebook messages (except for the security issues); I tend to use them for social messages with my facebook friends (which is essentially a superset of my real life friends). I use it to message my girlfriend (tied with iMessage) about "when do you want me to pick you up from work", etc.

(The obnoxious thing is that both of our phones are Verizon iPhones; there's no simultaneous voice and data, and unlike me, she tends to do long voice calls with people. I'm trying to get her to switch to a SIP client, so we can do G.722 wideband and crypto/vpn on the voice too, and non-extortionate international long distance.)

security issues?

You can have them forwarded to real email, which doesn't announce that it's been read.

Why do you want to hide that you red the message ? Is it when you would like to ignore the sender but are too curious and would like to know what message he sent you ?

Also because people that know you have read the message will sometimes expect a reply straight away or will think you are ignoring them.

Exactly. Facebook knows that, and I imagine that's why they implemented this "receiver has read the message" as a way to pressure everyone to keep replying right away.

Yes you can. That is a feature that is completely able to be turned off.

How? I was only able to find browser extensions (i.e, hacks) to disable this "feature".

They ask in the fb app before doing it. I assume you can say no there.

I don't know about the site itself, I really only interact via my phone.

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