What Is The Facebook Email Address For?
Back in the day, when you’d hit on a woman and things were going good, you’d eventually get her home phone number at the end of the night. When you finally got up the nerve to call, you had to talk to her mom, grandma, brothers and rabbi who would interrogate you as to your reasons for calling. As time went by, young gentleman callers got it easy as then all you’d have to do is get a cell phone number and you wouldn’t even have to call, you could just text those love poems to her. Nowadays, all you really need to get is her name and you can instantly creep her Facebook page and send instant messages. Facebook has even overtaken e-mail as the top way to correspond with somebody but then why does Facebook have its own new email address?
Basically, Facebook gives you an email address as a way to direct your instant messages. When somebody I.M’s you, it’s like they’re sending you an email but without the standard compose, attach, send proceedings. Your Facebook email address is some form of your name with the number of users with that same name at the time of your signup.
For instance, john.smith.99393928382938@facebook is a much more common name than ezekial.outrider.haypernicus.1@facebook.
Recently, Facebook changed your default email address to the Facebook anointed one, which caused a whole world of hurt in mobile devices because of programming errors. If somebody sent you an instant message it was either delivered to the delves of random cyberspace tubes or you received hundreds of messages not intended for you. Before this, many people didn’t even know they had a Facebook email but they do now…and the problem has since been rectified.
It really doesn’t matter which email address you choose to display as your default one, but if you want to change back to the standard gmail, yahoo, or aol account initially associated with your profile, it’s easy to do. First go to your profile > timeline>Update Info>Contact Info. Now hit edit and change the proper email to the setting of “show on timeline.” Now if people want to get in touch with you outside of Facebook on your personal email, they’ll have the means to do so. Just remember that this can be either a good or bad option for people to have, depending on how well you know your Facebook friends.
In summation, the Facebook email address really doesn’t serve any purpose. Of course, if you wanted to use your Facebook address as your default one, you could give it out to people and standard emails would all be delivered to your Facebook message center. Either way, it’s good to have as software development changes like those that require us to switch to Timeline will probably be dependent on our Facebook email address as well. Just like you, I can’t wait.