Facebook just switched your default e-mail address (without telling 900million users)

By | June 26, 2012

Secret switch: Facebook hid the email addresses of its 900 million users today and replaced them with a generic @facebook.com Whether you’ve noticed or not, you have a new primary e-mail address listed as your Facebook contact, and most likely it’s an address you’ve never used.

The social-networking site has quietly replaced your default e-mail addresses such as Gmail and Yahoo! with your @Facebook.com address, an e-mail service option the company launched a few years ago and synced with Timeline in April.

“As we announced back in April, we’ve been updating addresses on Facebook to make them consistent across our site,” a Facebook spokesperson told Mashable. “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.”

First spotted on Saturday by blogger Gervase Markham, the e-mail address you once listed as your point of contact is now hidden in the site’s database and your assigned @Facebook.com address is highlighted for friends to see.If you ever changed your Facebook vanity URL, that serves as the prefix of your Facebook e-mail address (i.e. Facebook.com/John.Smith would be John.Smith@Facebook.com). For those that never added a vanity URL, Facebook has assigned numbers to serve as your email account name.

via Facebook just switched your default e-mail address – CNN.com.

Facebook. The anti-privacy people.  Now with new adding stalking app.

2 thoughts on “Facebook just switched your default e-mail address (without telling 900million users)

  1. Fred Killer

    Reminds me of emails disappearing from my iPhone4 inbox for no apparent reason. Not into trash, just gone.

    Do emails have expiry dates?

  2. Superman

    Helpful info. Lucky me I found your website by chance, and I’m shocked why this twist of fate didn’t took place in advance! I bookmarked it.

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