Facebook to discontinue email service

By on February 24, 2014, 6:30 PM
facebook, email, social network

Facebook will soon be discontinuing its troubled @facebook.com e-mail service and has already started notifying some users of the impending change. Existing users will soon have their @facebook.com messages forwarded to the primary e-mail address on file while those without a primary address simply won’t have messages forwarded to them.

Originally launched in late 2010, the social network hoped the e-mail service would eventually put established providers like AOL, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo out to pasture. Facebook argued that traditional services were simply too slow and too cumbersome but their vision simply never came to pass.

Facebook said they are making the change because most people haven’t been using their Facebook e-mail address and they want to make it easier to view all messages in one place. Additionally, the change will allow them to focus on improving their mobile messaging experience.

It’s worth noting that message forwarding is enabled by default. Unfortunately, this means that someone can now reach your primary inbox simply by sending a message to your Facebook e-mail account. Such addresses are only visible to friends but as The Verge points out, it’s not difficult to figure out another person’s address by plugging in their profile page URL before the @ symbol.

The good news is that forwarding can be disabled completely, a move that will effectively shut down the service once and for all.




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m4a4 m4a4 said:

Heh, I totally forgot they tried the email thing...

bob333 bob333 said:

Heh, I totally forgot they tried the email thing...

... I didn't even knew that Facebook provided any email service. I must return to my cave!

MarkHughes said:

Heh, I totally forgot they tried the email thing...

... I didn't even knew that Facebook provided any email service. I must return to my cave!

I didn't know about it either until they announced it was going, And my guess is that none of my friends do as I don't think I have received any. Gee, Wonder why it didn't work.

matrix86 matrix86 said:

Oh wow, I had completely forgotten they were doing the email thing. I remember reading it here when they made the announcement, but completely forgot about it when they actually opened it up, lol.

Guest said:

No one cares, why is this in news?

misor misor said:

Wow. I'm not even aware of facebook email service.

Guest said:

No one cares, why is this in news

A tree still falls even if no one is around to hear it

Kibaruk Kibaruk, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Heh, I totally forgot they tried the email thing...

... I didn't even knew that Facebook provided any email service. I must return to my cave!

I remember at one point they gave me a @facebook.com but I thought it was only to be used for facebook and stuff so I never actually used it.

TS-56336 TS-56336 said:

Like Facebook didn't know enough about you without reading your emails too.

Anyway, that's the NSA's job.

Piston said:

No one cares, why is this in news?

You don't speak on behalf of everyone. I was interested just to keep up to date with what's going on lately.

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