Facebook unveils new messaging system

Platform will combine e-mail, text messaging, Facebook messages

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Social networking giant Facebook announced today it will be rolling out what CEO Mark Zuckerberg called a "modern messaging system," according to several news reports.

The system will reportedly have three components: 1) seamless messaging in four formats, including e-mail, chat, Facebook messages and text messaging; 2) a social inbox to keep those messages and filter them so that they are free of spam and only show messages from friends or friends of friends; and 3) conversation histories for people users interact with, according to TechCrunch.

All Facebook users will now be able to get "@facebook.com" e-mail addresses, though they will not be necessary to use the new system. The addresses will match users’ public Facebook user names.