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Published on June 27th, 2012 by Daniel
For those of you who don’t know, your Facebook account has an email address that will send emails directly to your messages folder. Many people do not use this feature and in attempts to change that, Facebook has gone ahead and done you the service (or disservice) of hiding your primary email from your Facebook page and replacing it with your @facebook.com email.
“It’s annoying for people like me who do a lot of connecting with friends, fans and coworkers on Facebook” says Jerry Montano, a Hollywood-based musician who uses Facebook to connect with his over 5000 connections. “I purposely have a social-media-only email to keep track of those I contact through social media and I like it that way.”
How does this affect you? Well if an old coworker or childhood friend gets a wild hair and decides to find and contact you, they will only have your firstname.lastname@example.org to send you a message. This can pose issues for those who do not use social media too often as message may go unchecked for a long period of time.
- You may also click the icon with the two “Facebook heads” to regulate who can see your now-public email addresses between public, friends, friends except acquaintances, only me, custom, or those separated into various lists.
- Click Save in the bottom-right corner.
I doubt there is little reason for the popular social media network to change these email settings other than to boost the use of their dusty email feature. What upsets me is their decision to do so with no warning or announcement that they had changed this feature. By trying to make their system more ubiquitous, they went and took regular site users like Jerry and made their user experience worse.
Hopefully next time Facebook decides to change policies like these they will let their users know and not just change things. Facebook is meant to be a means to help people connect with others, not to hide information that users have already submitted up as open to the public information.
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