mailboxWhen news broke on Friday that Facebook has purchased the Web domain from the American Farm Bureau and is using it “internally“, most of the writers at VentureBeat were scratching our heads. Was this related to the upcoming announcement of Facebook’s “Gmail-killer”?

It turns out the answer is yes. Today, at a press conference announcing the social network’s new messaging service, chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said is Facebook’s new corporate email domain.

Previously, if you wanted to email a Facebook employee, you would reach them at a address. However, Facebook is now including email addresses as part of its new service — for example, I will be able to claim

“This was a big discussion internally,” Zuckerberg said, because a lot of employees are “really tied to their email address.” At the same time, including addresses seemed like an important part of the new service. So Facebook’s workforce will just have to suffer through moving their corporate emails to

By the way, this seems like another sign that Facebook doesn’t expect the new messaging service to completely replace email.