I come across so many great conversations, ideas, and resources all over the web every day. Here are some of the most interesting things I’ve found recently (as of November 16th). You can join the conversations in the comments, or click through to the original posts to find what others are saying.

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  • Why You Should Embrace the New Facebook Modern Messaging System – "Just because the newly unveiled Facebook Messages is tackling the world of email doesn't mean it's inherently bad. There's a lot to like about their new communication paradigm—maybe even enough to get you to switch. Here's why."
  • Why You Shouldn't Switch Your Email to Facebook – "The new Facebook Messages incorporates email, SMS, and Facebook Chat and Messages into one convenient bucket. It's a smart idea, but you should think twice before you consider ditching your current email address for Facebook email. Here's why."
  • Facebook Offers New Messaging Tool – NYTimes.com – "For more than two decades, e-mail has been the killer application of the Internet. But Mark Zuckerberg, the chief executive of Facebook, says he believes that e-mail is antiquated. On Monday, Mr. Zuckerberg introduced a new unified messaging system on Facebook that allows people to communicate with one another regardless of whether they are using e-mail, text messages or online chat services."
  • Help Fast Company Find the Most Influential Women In Tech 2011 | Fast Company – "Two years ago, Fast Company compiled a list of the Most Influential Women In Tech, in part to recognize the disadvantages that women in technology face–proper recognition being just one of them. We continued in 2010 with a second list, and now we're readying a third. Now it's time to begin putting together the 2011 list of influential women in tech, and this is where we'll need your help–since there are those who still believe there aren't any recognizable women in the tech industry. We're opening a call for nominations, and we're accepting them through all forms of social media, using the hashtag #wit11."
  • ‘Giving Pledge,’ Promoted by Buffett and Gates, Stirs a Vigorous Debate – NYTimes.com – "Without a doubt, the biggest event in philanthropy this year was the Giving Pledge, a commitment by 40 of the wealthiest Americans to give away at least half of their fortunes, about $600 billion. … Now, about three months later, the pledge has not yet visibly inspired new major gifts or attracted additional signatures — Mr. Buffett said he expected more soon — but has surely created discussion and debate, about the wealthy, their giving and what it says about our society."
Great reads from around the web on November 16th
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