As I’ve noted before, Facebook want to replace the open email system with their proprietary, closed, internal messaging system. At the moment, it sends you an email with the contents of messages you are sent on Facebook (which is, admittedly, better than the previous “you have a message on Facebook!” notifications) but you have to visit Facebook to reply.
I would like an extension for Thunderbird which, when it sees such a notification message, does the following:
- Extract’s the person’s name from the Subject line, looks for that name in your address book and, if it finds a match, replaces the Reply-To header with the person’s name and the found email address;
- Extracts the subject line from the body of the message, and puts it in the actual Subject, replacing “Fred Bloggs sent you a message on Facebook…”.
The result of doing that would be that, for people whose email addresses you know (note, Facebook, no email address screen scraping in this idea) the message would look like an email which they had just sent you, and you could just hit Reply and Thunderbird will Do The Right Thing, meaning you don’t have to visit Facebook to reply and use their poor excuse for webmail.