Facebook switches users


You probably might not have noticed, but a new primary email address has been listed as your Facebook contact. For many, the new address is one they neither created nor have ever used.

Facebook has been quietly replacing primary email contacts of its users, since last Friday, as part of a drive to jump its e-mailing services. The social-networking site has replaced every user’s default e-mail addresses such as Gmail and Yahoo! with their @Facebook.com address, an e-mail service option the company launched a few years ago.

“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, a popular Social Media blog.

“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,” the spokesperson said.

According to Mashable, the move was first spotted on Saturday by blogger Gervase Markham.

Basically, what Facebook did was to hide your e-mail address – the e-mail address you provided as your contact – in the site’s database and highlight the @Facebook.com address it assigned to you.

Since announcing its e-mailing services years back, users have been reluctant in embracing it.

“The move may be a part of an effort to remind and encourage users to use it more,” Mashable reports.

If you have customised your Facebook vanity URL, say Facebook.com/Simbi.Obi, your Facebook e-mail address would be Simbi.Obi@Facebook.com. For those that have not customised their URL, Facebook has assigned numbers to serve as your email account name.

How to switch back

If you are not comfortable with the switch Facebook did on your behalf and want your friends and visitors to your page to see your foremost email address, here are few easy steps.

Visit your Timeline or profile page and select “About” under your contact information.

On the right column, select to edit your contact information. You will see all your email addresses appear in a dialogue box. There, you can click on your original email address and set it to be shown on your Timeline.

You can then hide your Facebook email address from the contact page or keep both of them highlighted on your Timeline. 


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