Facebook e-mail mess: Address books altered; e-mail lost

You might have noticed a small but significant change on your Facebook profile page. Your e-mail address on the page has been replaced by your @facebook.com email address, which has taken front row. On top of that, your other e-mail addresses have been nicely hidden away. 

Now, why is this bad? Mostly because it’s been hoisted upon everybody, and many people will not have realised, or won’t change it back one way or another. In short, it’s Facebook saying ‘we want control of all your communications, we’re going to kick out of the way anybody else’. This goes hand in hand with not being able to export your contact list, it’s Zuckerberg’s walled garden (soon turning into a prison).

What are the repercussions? Well, you can change it back to how it was. But people have reported that having the ‘Facebook Sync’ option on their phones (many Android, WP7 and iPhones have this option), it will mean that when you choose a contact to send an e-mail to, it will shoot it to their primary email address – namely their Facebook one. Which, as others report, has been known to somehow lose e-mails.

In other words, it’s a massive pain to email anybody now, your email list has been poisoned. Much easier to message them on Facebook right? Genius.

Yeah, that could be a problem. It’s clear where Facebook stands, you’re a sheepo, and you can’t leave the field, no matter what. 

Facebook e-mail mess: Address books altered; e-mail lost


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