Facebook irks users yet again with an e-mail switcheroo. Why did the social network change everyone's address to @facebook?
MENLO PARK, Calif.
Facebook has changed your e-mail address. At least that's how many felt after a quiet but vast change in the way the company displays users' contact information.
In yet another change to its website that irked users, Facebook replaced the e-mail address you picked to display on your profile page when you signed up for the online social network and changed it to an @facebook.com address.
Previously, users may have had a yahoo.com or gmail.com address displayed, so that if other users wanted to contact them outside of Facebook, they could. Sending an e-mail to a Facebook.com address will land the e-mail in the messages section of your Facebook profile. It means keeping Facebook's already-captive audience even more captive.
The e-mail change was first pointed out by bloggers over the weekend and publicized by media outlets Monday, leading to gripes from users, usually on their Facebook pages.
But you can reset your profile if you're bothered by the change. Facebook didn't delete the previously displayed e-mail addresses. To revert back to your original address, click on the "about" section of your profile. Once there, look for "Contact Info" and click on the edit icon on its right hand corner. There, you can change who can see your e-mail address and which e-mail addresses they can see.