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SmashMouth 06-25-2012 08:10 PM

Facebook just changed your email address
The world’s social network wants to be your email provider too.
You may not realize, but you’ve got a Facebook email address linked to your account on the massive social network. Facebook on Monday nudged those little-used addresses into the spotlight, switching the email addresses used by all of the site's hundreds of millions of users from the familiar ones they rely on to new ones.
The change is only on the site, of course, where friends who don’t have your address handy can quickly find it and email you. But it was an abrupt switch -- and earned near-universal scorn from tech blogs.
“What on earth do they think they are playing at?,” wrote Gervase Markham, a tech blogger who first noticed the change.
'What on earth do they think they are playing at?'
- Tech blogger Gervase Markham, who first noticed the change
“Presumptuous,” declared
“Don’t do this again,” wrote Gizmodo.
A Facebook spokesman told the change was consistent with other tweaks the service has made recently to offer more control to users.
“As we announced back in April, we’ve been updating addresses on Facebook to make them consistent across our site,” a Facebook spokesman told
“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,” he said.

Read more: Facebook just changed your email address | Fox News

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