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; 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:
You’ll see your name, or another series of characters, following “https://www.facebook.com/” in the address bar. Your Facebook email address is this, followed by “@facebook.com”.
For most people, this address is based on your domain. For others, less so.
Important notice regarding my facebook email address: firstname.lastname@example.org pic.twitter.com/kDNND5jF3v
— Jennifer Daniel (@jenniferdaniel) February 25, 2014
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 @facebook.com 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 @facebook.com 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