Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Facebook, enough already!

While you weren't looking, Facebook made another change to your page.  It changed your default email address.  If you're hearing this for the first time, check your profile -- your "About" section.  Your email address will likely look something like this:   myname@facebook.com.  I checked my own Facebook account, and I found this:

I was NOT amused.

I am only the messenger.  Before you start yelling at me, know this:  you can undo this.  Gizmodo.com tells you what to do:

Credit:  Gizmodo.com
"Go to your Timeline. Click about, under your contact info. Scroll down to "Contact Info" and hit edit. Switch all of the crossed out circle symbols to a full circle for each inbox you want visible on your profile.

If you don't want @facebook.com to show up, switch it from a full circle ("Shown on Timeline") to crossed out ("Hidden from Timeline"). This is also a good opportunity to check your privacy settings and make sure your various inboxes are visible only to friendlies. Hit save."

The Facebook Help Center explains the FB email account, making it sound as if it's added value -- a premium service.  The company says it has been updating Facebook addresses for users since April.

I don't need another email address. And I'd prefer it if FB would permit me to opt in to its new feature, rather than putting the onus on me to opt out. This time the social media giant really has overreached. 

If you are into sharing 24/7, maybe you'll welcome this bit of news on Facebook mail.  If you're like me, you don't like being shoved someplace you don't want to go.


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