Sneak peek: New-style Facebook messages on iPhone

Facebook's new-style messages service -- an abstraction of email, IM, and SMS -- is already working in the latest version of Facebook for iPhone... one you've had the feature rolled out to your account. Facebook isn't the first to try and redefine the ways we communicate online. Google has done it twice already, once successfully with the eccentric but reserved Gmail and again unsuccessfully with the wikichat that was Wave. Facebook is a social network however -- the social network -- so their take is decidedly different and whether or not it catches on remains to be seen.

Setup is simple on the web. You get an invitation, you accept, then you get your @facebook email address, verify your SMS number (if you want), and login to chat (also if you want). After that you're hit with the new interface. Once that's setup, the next time you launch Facebook on iPhone you're alerted that new-style messages are good to go (same way Places alerted you when it arrived) and you're good to go.

We'll be testing it out over the next week or so but in the meantime check out the screenshots after the break and if you have any questions or comments, you know where to leave them!

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Rene Ritchie

Editor-in-Chief of iMore, co-host of Iterate, Debug, Review, The TV Show, Vector, ZEN & TECH, and MacBreak Weekly podcasts. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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There are 16 comments. Add yours.

Tweger01 says:

I bet Louis Di Marzio wouldn't be happy if he knew you put his name out like that.
Just sayin'

se7en__ says:

How 'bout an invite, no? ;)
Great stuff!
Cheers

Jt says:

When will fb fix the bug with the iPhone app not showing up under app settings in privacy settings. The app is useless for socializing at the moment with certain accounts.

Jason says:

They can't even release a version that doesn't crash often or work reliably. They should work on that first.

Tazzy says:

Let's see how long it will take to receive the invitation that I requested earlier today. I will test it and see if it's good!
Tazzy

CasinoK1D says:

How do you request an invitation?

Danny says:

Just to mention, this new feature will only be working for US til further information... Canada ( me ) will have to wait =(

Rene Ritchie says:

@Danny - I'm in Canada and it's working for me.

tom says:

how do you request said invite?

Kyle says:

Am I the only one that doesn't understand the point? I already have a number of ways to be reached...

Danny says:

@ Rene Ritchie - For real!? How did you do? I can't seem to figure it out plus I read this : http://communities.canada.com/vancouversun/blogs/techsense/archive/2010/...

fastlane says:

Invites are only for blogger VIPs.

Danny says:

I found it ! Visit this page in order to request an invitation to try it out !
http://www.facebook.com/about/messages/

Dood says:

I'm pretty excited about this. It will further streamline how I plan my nights of sharing Miller High Lifes and partying. I really can't wait to send you an invit Rene! We're going to party buddy, we're going to have fun.

Daniel says:

An invite would be nice ;)