Facebook changes its users’ listed email addresses without warning. Without noticing you can find your Facebook emails to be changed
Technology News / NationalTurk – Facebook introduces new feature and changes users’ listed Facebok email addresses with ‘@facebook.com’ alternative.
Emails sent to the Facebook address go into the social network site’s messaging system, rather than facebook users’ email accounts.
Facebook has rolled out its latest social media innovation – altering the email addresses posted by facebook users on their profiles, en masse and without warning.
Facebook innovation suprises Facebook users : We don’t like suprises !
In the development, which took effect on Monday the 25th June, social media giant Facebook suddenly replaced the details users had elected to associate with their Facebook account with addresses using a “@facebook.com” configuration.
Emails sent to the Facebook account address end up in the site’s messaging system, rather than users’ email accounts.
Facebook allocated users an email address based on their profile URL, if they had elected to choose one. ‘Face’ users without a customized URL were instead issued with an email based on their profile name, with the addition of a few numbers.
Facebook email change seems to be aimed at getting users to remain within the Facebook ecosystem, where they can be hit with targeted advertising, instead of moving to rival services from Google, Yahoo! and others.
Facebook users were venting anger over a move changing users’ default email address to the one operated by the leading social network.
The new contact details were automatically displayed on users’ timelines, while the old email addresses were hidden. Users have to go through a number of stages to restore the previous details. Facebook has made no announcement to users about the changes, nor explained how to reverse them.
Facebook declares to Reuters journalist Matthew Keys, also a Facebook user in an email :
As we declared back in April, we’ve been updating addresses on Facebook to make them consistent across our site.
In addition to everyone receiving an address, we’re also rolling out a new setting that gives people the choice to decide which addresses they want to show on their timelines.
Facebook email change prompts anger from Facebook users
Ever since the launch of timeline, people have had the ability to control what posts they want to show or hide on their own timelines, and today we’re extending that to other information they post, starting with the Facebook address.
We shall gloss over the question of whether a ‘ choice ‘ really exists if a Facebook user is not aware of it.
In another supposedly user-friendly feature, most emails to the Facebook.com address are automatically filtered into the no-man’s-land “other” section of Facebook messages, most likely never to be tracked again.
‘ Clearly this all part of the site’s plan to get more people using the @facebook.com email addresses, thus making the social network even harder to extricate yourself from. ‘ one Facebook user pressed.
How can you display your real Facebook email address easily ?
Let’s go to your Facebook profile, and click on the ‘ About ‘ button, which is under your profile picture is displayed. See the ‘ contact info ‘ section..yes? Then click on ‘ edit ‘.
Next to your real email address, click on the little box that says ‘ hidden from timeline ‘. Switch it to ‘Shown on timeline’. Now click on the box next to the impostor Facebook email address. Change it to ‘ hidden from timeline’. Click save. Exit Facebook.
Continue enjoying being a slave of Facebook !