Your New Email: You@Facebook.com

The ubiquitous social networking service has changed the default email on the profiles of all its user accounts to facebook.com addresses.

In an apparent attempt to spur greater use of its messaging service, Facebook has changed the default email accounts of all its users to facebook.com email addresses, NPR and Forbes reported Monday.

Facebook launched its email-compatible messaging service, which assigned all account holders new facebook.com email addresses, in November 2010. Though expected in some corners to establish Facebook as a major player in the free email market—employees reportedly referred to the new messaging system as "the GMail killer" when it was launched—the Wall Street Journal notes that providers such as Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft continue to dominate the space.

What happens when external email comes to your Facebook.com account

Email sent to your facebook.com address will be routed to your Facebook "Messages" box. If the sender's email address is associated with the account of one of your Facebook friends (or one of their friends), the message will appear in your Inbox and you'll get the typical "talk bubble" notification at the top of the Facebook page.

If, however, Facebook can't match the sender's email address up with someone within two degrees of separation, it gets routed to a more obscure mailbox, "Other Messages," that many Facebook users are not even aware exists. Messages dropped in "Other Messages" do not generate a notification on Facebook. Some of these messages could be spam, but many could be from people whom Facebook doesn't realize are your legitimate contacts.

If you want to give facebook.com email a try, here's Facebook's own summary of how it works and how it looks and behaves differently from the email you're probably used to. This November 2010 LifeHacker article explains why that might not be a good decision for you. LifeHacker also offers instructions here on how to change your profile's default email back to what it was before.

Bruce Good June 26, 2012 at 02:54 AM
I suppose these are rhetorical questions, but why does FB make it impossible to delete that email address, and why can't you contact them, and why do they have a 'clickable' box for choosing to edit/delete email addresses when you can't?! This is a good time for reflection on the fact that what you post on FB may be there for decades.
Laura P. June 26, 2012 at 05:18 AM
When is Facebook going to stop alienating its users?! Oh that's right, NEVER! There is just no end to their B.S. Hopefully, this is the beginning of the end.
Laura P. June 26, 2012 at 05:42 AM
You can contact them, but they make it difficult. Click "Info" on your profile, scroll to the bottom of the page and click "Privacy". A new screen will pop up.Then read the blue box on the right side of the page. At the bottom of the blue box, click the blue link that says "help page". Then tick the circle that says "Ask a question......" I hope this helps!
Harry Dixon June 26, 2012 at 12:33 PM
This really steams me! How presumptuous of FB to do a mass delete on our personal contact information, and all without warning or notice. You cannot delete the new email address. All you can do is hide it. FB: I'm done!
Jeff Lugar June 26, 2012 at 04:24 PM
If you want a different e-mail there (presumably the one you signed up with and had displaying before), edit contact info in your timeline. Just click to hide the FB email and click to unhide the email that you previously had there.


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