The world's largest social networking site Facebook is facing a user backlash after switching its members' email addresses to its own @facebook.com system
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- The world's most popular social networking site Facebook has attracted criticism from many of its 900 million members over an email switch.
In what seems to be a self-serving attempt to promote its own @facebook.com email system, Facebook replaced its members' email addresses with their @facebook.com contact information over the weekend - without users' prior say-so.
Following the change, the contact email addresses configured by Facebook's members no longer show up amongst the users' details in the "About" section on the site, but are rather replaced by the the users' @facebook.com email address.
Once discovered, the change has prompted many users to vent their anger online, with many resorting to rival microblogging service Twitter to share their views.
Freelance technology journalist Ron Miller tweeted: "Speaking of hating your users. Facebook forces everyone onto its email system. Really, Facebook?! Really?!"
"Warnings would have been nice Facebook, don't just go and change email addresses," tweeted Josselyn Arundell from the UK.
Facebook first announced plans for the move in April as part of the roll-out of Timeline. The company said then that it planned to update emailaddresses to make them more consistent over the site.How to fix the Facebook email switch and re-instate your own email address on Facebook:
--1-- Click "About" on your profile and scroll down to your "Contact info"
--2-- Click "Edit" to change your contact details
--3-- Click on the circle next to your Facebook email address and change its setting to "Hidden From Timeline"
--4-- Click on the circle next to your other email addresses and change their settings to "Shown On Timeline"
--5-- Click the Save button at the bottom of the Edit popup