November 15th, 2010
10:46 AM ET

Tech's big day: The battle to see who will change your Web

Facebook is expected to introduce an e-mail service that some are calling a "Gmail-killer."

It's a big day in the tech world and, depending on which company you favor, they are about to change the way you work and live online.

At least, that's the hope.

Several companies will be announcing or unveiling major products Monday that they hope will revolutionize the Web - again. To help you keep them straight, our tech gang will be breaking down each of the announcements and what they mean.

First up, Facebook. Mark Zuckerberg's company is expected to make a big move today against rival Google by announcing its own e-mail service. So, if you're one of the 500 million active Facebook users, your online activity may become even more streamlined. Depending on the depth of the service, it could mean that your chats, posts, photos and e-mail will all come from the same window - or app. It's been dubbed a possible "Gmail killer," a tough name to live up to, but if it can pull it off it may solidify Facebook's spot atop the tech mountain.

Time.com: Facebook e-mail? Escalating the war with Google

Facebook's announcement comes on the heels of AOL's announcement regarding Project Phoenix - a revamping of its own fading e-mail service. That's right, all of you who only use your AIM screen name, the company is looking to court you back to that old @aol.com e-mail address you had in 199-something. After all, they were once known for declaring, "You've Got Mail."

Time.com's TechLand: AOL's Project Phoenix: E-mail is innovative again

In a time of old battles new, our tech folks will be taking a look at what your e-mail address says about you. They're looking at Gmail, Hotmail and MSN users. Check out CNN.com/Tech this afternoon to find out what your handle means about your personality.

And if that doesn't fill your tech geek quota for the day, The Web 2.0 Summit kicks off Monday in San Francisco, California, and some big names will be chiming in. Google's Eric Schmidt will speak Monday and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday. We'll make sure to keep you updated with any big news, announcement or insights from the summit.

If you're sick of the "regulars" in social media and the Web - there's something new for you, too. That is, if you're not looking to be the most popular kid with the most friends on the site. We're going to be introducing you to Path, the new "personal network," which at the time of this post is apparently already so popular the site's servers are over capacity. Here's what you need to know: You can share your path with only 50 people. It's essentially a hybrid of a photo-sharing site and a messaging service - without all of the world knowing what you're up to. As our pals at Mashable say, if Facebook is the social network, Path "is the anti-social network."

Finally, to cure you from the overload of tech news, we're serving up a smartphone side dish, literally off the grill. If you haven't seen it yet, check out the video that's gone viral showing the "testing" of smartphones by cooking them on a grill.

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  1. K jacktown michigan

    facebook is for personal conversations, not professional at all. They are irresponsible

    November 15, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jer

    I dont need another email account, so facebook can keep theirs. And as far as the aol email, thats not really a new idea. I have an @aim email address that I used on AOL in the 90s.

    November 15, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ak

    Agree with J, google understands storage and search to a level that others can only dream of. Privacy is definitely an issue with Facebook, they are still juvenile in that area... no sense in moving to FB email unless you are a kid and want to show-off and has no serious business! and talking about dependability, half the time their stuff doesn't even work.

    November 15, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. imdaznboi

    i can imagine kids getting facebook.com emails. professionals in the workplace and those aspiring to be professionals? no.

    November 15, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jim

    Sorry Facebook- But I'm sticking with my Google & Gmail.

    November 15, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ohnoes

    Meh, Facebook email will come and then go just as quickly. The only reason Hotmail and Yahoo are still around are simply because they came first. I use and recommended gmail to everyone and I don't see it being affected by this new Facebook email system. If anything kids will flock to it because it's new and shiny, and i'm sure it will do some cool things with facebook itself, but I just don't see it lasting in the already over-saturated web mail world.

    November 15, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mike

    Stupid idea if your an idiot its a good idea

    November 15, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Steve

    Just imagine.. an email on a social network platform that you get friend requests from bots that are even more likely to phish you now to get at your "private" comms, plus you can also EMAIL all your friends your farmville updates, rather then just spam them in facebook. Ill stick with gmail, and use FB just enough to talk to a few friends on there.

    November 15, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. osama bin diesel

    The bigger question is why do people even bother with Facebook any longer , i cant see it ...

    November 15, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Drew

    I dnt understand why all the drama over this subject, there is plenty of room for multiple providers in the cyberworld. I personally never changed from my aol mail account and I am perfectly happy. My guess is, people that live and die by facebook will most likely switch to a facebook account the moment it goes live, if for no other reason than to appear tech-savvy by beine the first on the block to have the "new toy" Most likely, the highschool, college and young adults will be the core market, with the remaining demographics perfectly content to adhere to the "if its not broken, dont fix it" mentality and just stay put with our current provider. I am def liking the prospect of an "anti social network" it would be nice to only network with people I know and not have a million people I dnt know bombarding me with farmville, mafia wars and kingdom of camelot game requests!!

    November 15, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Windsong

    As far as email, I'll stick to gmail (free calls, google voice, etc)...

    November 15, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Zoolook

    Someone mentioned that Gmail doesn't have a sort function... I would suggest they use a proper client such as Thunderbird and set it up to use Gmail IMAP access.

    November 16, 2010 at 4:56 am | Report abuse |
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