The following is an NPR story that everyone should read, published today, June 25th.
A key change was made to your Facebook profile recently that you may not have noticed yet. Facebook has replaced the primary email address users entered in their profile contact information with brand-new @facebook.com addresses. These addresses allow you to email external accounts from your Facebook inbox. Forbes first noticed the change:
“No one seems to want the Facebook inbox to be their main email account (with good reason). Facebook is trying to change that with a new little nudge. On your profile page, Facebook has taken the liberty of making your Facebook email your default contact address.”
LifeHacker has instructions on how to quickly change your primary email information back.
We asked Facebook to explain, and got a statement reminding us that the company announced back in April that it would update addresses “to make them consistent across our site.” Facebook says you can still choose which email contact information you want to show on your profile.
The Facebook statement continues:
“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.”
There certainly was an April announcement, but it did not warn users that their default profile email address would be switched without their knowledge. When asked why there wasn’t an additional notification to users, or a repeat of the announcement as the changes were taking place, the spokesman did not respond.