Facebook's Answer to Gmail Due To Launch On Monday

The war for web supremacy between Facebook and Google looks set to escalate, as the social network giant is soon to launch their new e-mail service.

According to TechCrunch, Facebook is hosting an invite only press event in San Francisco on Monday to unveil Project Titan, their answer to Google's immensely popular Gmail service. TechCrunch also stressed that the invite sent out by Facebook hints that the press event is about its Inbox.

Facebook's existing messaging service has been criticised for being too slow and intrusive, although a Facebook e-mail service would allow its more than 500 million users to benefit from the new messaging.

By offering heavy integration with its social networking platform, like news feeds, photos, status updates and a GTalk-like instant messenger client, Facebook's e-mail service could potentially surpass Gmail in popularity if launched.

Facebook has a habit of launching new features slowly to only a few select users to test for bugs, so it remains to be seen whether the new service be widely available at first.