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Ack! Facebook Changed Your Email Address

Sneaky Facebook! Apparently, you’ve got to keep a close eye on the social network to make sure they haven’t made any changes to your account without informing you first.

This time around, Facebook has changed users’ default e-mail addresses to the @Facebook e-mail address you forgot you even had!

“As we announced back in April, we’ve been updating addresses on Facebook to make them consistent across our site,” a Facebook spokesperson told Mashable. “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.”

When someone sends you an e-mail at your Facebook address, it will go directly to your messages folder– unless it ends up in your “Other Messages” folder which you probably never think to check.

Or else you can just change the default back to your regular e-mail address. Just go to your profile page and click on “Update Info.” Then go to “Contact Info” and click on “Edit.”  Then, you can hide your Facebook e-mail address (but you can’t delete it!) or list another e-mail address. If you still can’t figure it out, TechCrunch shows you how to change it back.

Why the change anyway?

“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 Facebook spokesperson told Mashable. That sorta makes sense, but they should have probably alerted users that this was about to happen.

If you ever created a Facebook Vanity URL (your public username), that’s automatically your Facebook e-mail address. But if you never got around to choosing a vanity URL, Facebook has given you some random numbers as your e-mail account name.

Over at Gizmodo, Sam Biddle is freaking out about the change, calling it “stupid and annoying” and also “foolish”  and “ham-handed attempt to make the Facebook inbox relevant.”

What do you think? Are you annoyed? And do you plan to use your Facebook e-mail or will you switch it back to your regular e-mail?

Photo: 1000 Words/ Shutterstock.com

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