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Did you know you had a Facebook email address? Neither did most users – but have one you did, and any emails sent to you using it showed up in your Facebook messages.

That’s changing. Your Facebook email address still exists, but any emails sent to it will soon be forwarded to your primary email address (as set in Facebook’s settings).

We showed you how any Google Plus user can email you Any Google+ User Can Send You Emails On Gmail Now (And Here's How To Disable It) Any Google+ User Can Send You Emails On Gmail Now (And Here's How To Disable It) From today, any Google+ user will be able to send you a message on your Gmail. To send a message, all you need to do is add that person to your Google+. Read More ; this change leads to a similar situation. Anyone can quickly find out your Facebook email address, if they know where to look.

Where should they look? At your Facebook timeline URL – that is, the domain you see when you visit your own page:

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You’ll see your name, or another series of characters, following “” in the address bar. Your Facebook email address is this, followed by “”.


For most people, this address is based on your domain. For others, less so.

Whatever your URL is, it’s easy enough for anyone to find – and use it to reach you. Check your Facebook email settings if you want to turn this forwarding off (I already have, so don’t try to be clever).

In simpler times, Facebook wasn’t an endless feed of status updates: it was a sort of Internet phone book. It sounds strange, but finding email addresses and phone numbers quickly was a key early feature of the site, circa 2005. Facebook’s ambition grew, and it became a communication hub in and of itself.

The email addresses date back to 2010, when Mark Zuckerberg declared Facebook was going to replace email (it didn’t). Facebook later replaced everyone’s visible email address on the site with addresses, in 2012. The site claimed the move was about privacy; critics said it was about directing emails to Facebook’s own service.

We want to know what you think. Why didn’t Facebook manage to replace email? Did you know you had a Facebook email address? And will you be shutting down your alias? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: The Verge

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  1. Beaton Nyamapanda
    February 28, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Most people are not tech savvy. They dont know how some of the simplest things work, and rightly so they should not.
    Using Facebook email as a replacement for regular email was too much a jump for most users who are afraid that putting something on FB puts it out to the whole world to see. Most people are now afraid of FB's privacy issues and would not trust their emails to be run through FB.

    The other one which might seem far fetched but nearer the truth is people were afraid of using the FB email because they thought it only works for people with FB. so if i wanted to send an email to the boss and the boss was not on FB then there was no way the boss would get the email.

    The other reasons have already been mentioned above.

  2. Sudeepto D
    February 26, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    @Justin : How can I turn off this feature like you did ??

    Shall I CHECK the box which says, "Allow friends to include my email address in Download Your Information" ??

    What are the advantages/disadvantages of turning this feature off ??

    Please reply.

    • Justin P
      February 26, 2014 at 7:22 pm

      You may not see the option to turn this off yet, Facebook is rolling it out.

      Your friends can download their entire Facebook contact list, if they want. That feature can block your email address from being included.

  3. Anoop Moham
    February 26, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    facebook is not a place for important things in life, but gmail is , sorry email is

    • Anonymous
      March 2, 2014 at 11:51 pm


  4. cptpicard
    February 26, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    I think the reason Facebook was unable to replace email is twofold.

    1) Generally speaking, people are comfortable with email. It's not perfect, but overall I like Gmail, and am happy using it. Facebook didn't really add anything new that I cared about.

    2) Also generally speaking, people love to hate Facebook. I have one that I don't use very often, and I tend not to trust Facebook. Weirdly enough, I tend to trust Google, despite some evidence that I shouldn't. But overall, although people use Facebook a lot, it seems to be something people love to hate.