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Facebook draws user ire with email switcheroo

By Associated Press


MENLO PARK, Calif. >> Facebook has changed your email address. At least that’s how many felt after a quiet but vast change in the way the company displays users’ contact information.

In yet another change to its website that irked users, Facebook replaced the email address you picked to display on your profile page when you signed up for the online social network and changed it to an @facebook.com address.

Previously, users may have had a yahoo.com or gmail.com address displayed, so that if other users wanted to contact them outside of Facebook, they could. Sending an email to a Facebook.com address will land the email in the messages section of your Facebook profile. It means keeping Facebook’s already-captive audience even more captive.

The email change was first pointed out by bloggers over the weekend and publicized by media outlets Monday, leading to gripes from users, usually on their Facebook pages.

But you can reset your profile if you’re bothered by the change. Facebook didn’t delete the previously displayed email addresses. To revert back to your original address, click on the “about” section of your profile. Once there, look for “Contact Info” and click on the edit icon on its right hand corner. There, you can change who can see your email address and which email addresses they can see.

Sending an email to a Facebook.com email address allows users to communicate with outside email addresses via Facebook, but it’s unclear how popular they have been. Popular as it has been with more than 900 million monthly users, Facebook messages and posts have not replaced email, texting and other forms of communication.

Facebook didn’t say why it made the email switch, though it said in April it was “updating addresses on Facebook to make them more consistent across our site.”

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kekelaward wrote:
Typical FB action.
on June 26,2012 | 05:56AM
Manapua_Man wrote:
Face Book... who really needs it?
on June 26,2012 | 06:20AM
palani wrote:
I remember the Time Warner/America OnLine merger disaster. In 2000, everyone believed that AOL represented the future of the internet, but it turned out to be a passing fancy, eclipsed by more nimble and innovative rivals. So it will be with FaceBook. Investors in this dubious company will ultimatley be very disappointed.
on June 26,2012 | 06:42AM
palani wrote:
Oops, I wish the Star-Advertiser would get that spell checker function. Should be "ultimately", not "ultimatley".
on June 26,2012 | 06:44AM
hawaiifisherman wrote:
Use Firefox as your web browser - it has spell check built in.
on June 26,2012 | 08:19AM
SteveToo wrote:
Good I'll get less junk mail as I will never look at a facebook eMail account.
on June 26,2012 | 07:58AM
kispest wrote:
Facebook sucks, I have closed my acct a long time ago.
on June 26,2012 | 10:34AM
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