Facebook to Create Own Email Application

Facebook could launch an email application on its site on Monday in a direct move to compete with Google in the rising enterprise use of public email services.

According to reports, the Project Titan service will be launched next week after media outlets received invitations for an event on Monday.

V3.co.uk contacted Facebook for comment, but had not received a reply at the time of publication.

The move would see Facebook and Google locking horns in another key area as they battle for internet dominance.

Gartner has underlined the growing importance of social email services for enterprises, predicting in a report this week that a fifth of all companies will replace their use of email with social networking communications by 2014.

"In the past, organisations supported collaboration through email and highly structured applications only," said Monica Basso, a research vice president at Gartner.

"Today, social paradigms are converging, with email, instant messaging and presence creating new collaboration styles."

Facebook and Google have also clashed over the importing of contacts from Gmail to Facebook after Google demanded that the social networking site offer the same ability to export data.

Google changed the terms of its API to stop Facebook directly importing contacts, but the site got round this by allowing users to directly upload a file containing the information to the site.

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