Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Facebook is changing your email address on your account, here is how to fix it

You might have heard from other sources on the web that Facebook is changing your email address on your account, but it is not as serious or scary as it sounds. I'm going to tell you how to fix it, and give you some backstory/news.

What happened is that the email address(es) displayed on your Facebook are no longer there, replaced by Facebook's in house email address for you.

Your Facebook email address consists of whatever is at the end of your Facebook URL slapped in front of @facebook.com. (An example is facebook.com/{your profile name}.)

This can be quite annoying, as now email sent to that address will show up in your Facebook inbox, and not your normal email's inbox.

Now that you understand the somewhat bad news better, here are two good pieces of news: Facebook didn't alter the default address on your account, meaning that the social network's whacky system only altered what is visible on your profile. And you can change your profile back to normal pretty easily.

All you have to do is open up your profile page (hit the "About" button under your personal info), scroll down to the "Contact Info" box, and hit the "Edit" button. There you can toggle who can see which email address and whether it is displayed on your Timeline or not. 

If you're not a fan of receiving your email in your Facebook inbox, I suggest hiding that address and simply making the one you favor visible.

Why did this happen?
MSNBC reached out to facebook, and this is their response:
As we announced back in April, we’ve been updating addresses on Facebook to make them consistent across our site.
In addition to everyone receiving an address, we’re also rolling out a new setting that gives people the choice to decide which addresses they want to show on their timelines.
Ever since the launch of timeline, people have had the ability to control what posts they want to show or hide on their own timelines, and today we’re extending that to other information they post, starting with the Facebook address.
The spokesperson did not explain why users did not receive any sort of notice when their profiles started displaying a different email address. Of course MSNBC asked that.

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