Remember a while back when Facebook let you customize the URL that connected to your Facebook page? Many of us went ahead and did that so we would have some choice about what it would be. Mine is www.facebook.com/jen.thorpe.
I know that I’m not the one and only Jen Thorpe in this world, and for some reason, I felt the need to make sure that my name was in my Facebook URL before someone else could grab it. So, I got the snazzy little Facebook URL, and promptly forgot all about it.
Until today, that is. It appears that Facebook has found a use for the unique Facebook URL names that a bunch of us made, and then ignored. I have a brand new, shiny, @facebook.com email address – and you do too (if you use Facebook). The email address is based on the URL that your Facebook page has attached to it. So, that makes mine jen.thorpe@Facebook.com.
If I am understanding this correctly, it would be possible for me to go look you up on Facebook, and be able to discern what your Facebook email address would be. I don’t even have to be your “Friend”.
For example, the URL of Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook page is www.facebook.com/zuck. I haven’t actually “Friended” him on Facebook, but, it is still possible for me to figure out what his Facebook email address probably is. It’s a good thing that I am not one of those spammers who likes to send out a ton of email to random people about pharmaceuticals.
It is my understanding that the prevailing view is that Facebook went ahead and changed everyone’s profile so that the @Facebook.com email address appears instead of whatever other email address you chose to put there.
Now, I went and checked my Facebook information, and I noticed that Facebook did not automatically change my “real” email address to my @Facebook.com email address. I am using Timeline. It seems that someone could send you an email at your Facebook email address and it will appear in your Facebook messages inbox. That email would not get sent to your “real” email address. You would have to log into Facebook and use the Facebook message system in order to find it, respond to it, or delete it.
I can think of one, excellent, use for my Facebook email address. I play some of the Zynga games on Facebook, (and a couple over at Zynga.com). Zynga is always asking me to allow them to send me email when another player sends me a virtual, in-game, item. I didn’t want that type of email spamming up my “real” email’s inbox, but, I don’t really care if it fills up my Facebook messages. After all, like many of you, I generally ignore my Facebook messages inbox.
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