Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Facebook Did WHAT to My Email??!

The news, Facebook and Twitter were buzzing this morning over Facebook “changing” users’ email addresses. 

Did they really change your email? Well … yes. And no. The email address displayed in your “About” section was changed to Facebook’s default email, which is the unique part of your Facebook link. 

For One Nevada, our Facebook page is managed by our mascot, Bucky. Bucky’s Facebook link is: http://www.facebook.com/marketing23. With the new changes, under “About,” Bucky’s email is now displayed as marketing23@facebook.com.

With this change, your messages are forwarded to your Facebook inbox. If they are anything like some of our staffers, the messages would stay there, unread, forever.

It is easy to change this back to your desired default email. Here’s how:

1.     Go your profile page (in the upper right-hand corner, click on your name to be taken there.)
2.     Find the area that says: “Contact Info”

3.     In “Contact Info,” click “Edit”
4.     Next to the circle with the line through it, click the arrow and then select which email you want to show or hide from your Timeline. 

Why did Facebook decide to change this? According to their spokesperson, they did it for consistency purposes. 

Facebook also rolled out—and immediately removed—a new feature, “Find Friends Nearby,” which allows you to find your friends who are nearby and on a mobile phone. They claim to have pulled it because it wasn’t a formal release. Not because it is borderline creepy. 

What do you think?

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