I dread getting email on Facebook.
How is it that Facebook, with 200 million users, still suffers along with the same broken email client as two years ago. With no folders, no offline mode, slow search, no forward, no ability to add people to a thread, no archive capability, and no ability to delete multiple messages, it is the worst email experience I’ve ever encountered. The proxied email message I get in my Outlook Inbox when somebody mails me on Facebook only adds salt to the wound, because I can’t reply to it – without logging into Facebook and using their brain dead email client. That’s the reason my Facebook Inbox is clogged with thousands of messages, and some important messages go unanswered.
You’d think that an enterprising third party developer might have created a solution to this – a connector to Facebook for Outlook, or a better Facebook email application that can run in the Facebook environment. The answer is sadly, no.
Here’s my challenge. I’ll put up $200 toward a prize for the first Facebook email client (offline or otherwise) that will allow me to effectively manage my Facebook inbox. If you have a Facebook inbox problem, join me – put your pledge in the comments below. Let’s see if we can raise $10,000 for some lucky developer to fix Facebook’s email problem. And if you’re the first developer to deliver a working modern replacement for Facebook’s email, then you hit the jackpot!