The great switcheroo: Facebook swaps users email address to @Facebook.com

Macworld Australia Staff
26 June, 2012
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You may not have noticed yet, but you now have a new primary email address attached as your Facebook contact, an email address that most users would not have used before.

The switch was done quietly by the social networking site, replacing account holders’ default email addresses (like Yahoo or Gmail , for example) with an @Facebook.com address. The address domain is  an email service that the company launched several years back, later syncing it with the site’s Timeline feature 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 website 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.”

Now,  the email address users originally listed as their primary contact is concealed within the site’s database, with the newly  assigned @Facebook.com email highlighted for friends to view.

The new email addresses have been designated to account holders using a series of numbers, unless you have changed your Facebook URL previously. So, for example, if your Facebook URL is Facebook.com/User.Name then your email address would be User.Name@Facebook.com.

When a friend sends you an email to your assigned address, the message will show up in your Facebook inbox. To date, some users have reported

If you want to switch your email back to the default address you selected when you first signed up to Facebook, check out our step-by-step tutorial to help you out.

What are your thoughts on Facebook assigning users with new email addresses? Will you use it, or opt to switch back to your original address? Tell us what you think below.

UPDATE: Australian website Lifehacker requested a comment from Facebook regarding its move to swap all users’ default email addresses to the new @Facebook.com domains. This is what the company offered by way of explanation:

“As we announced 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. 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”.

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  1. Some Random Bloke says:

    Personally I think it’s good for privacy (ironically, this being Facebook).

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