PhotoA survey of tech sites around the Internet shows many Facebook users are increasingly upset at Facebook's changes to users' email addresses.

Last week it was revealed Facebook quietly switched many users' default email address from the one they had chosen to their Facebook email address. Over the weekend users began to report that the email changes are affecting address books.

Missing messages

One user reported that her contact entry in a colleague's address book had changed from her work email address to her Facebook email address. Work emails, she said, were suddenly going to her Facebook email account. Worse still, she said, when she checked the account there was no sign of the diverted messages.

PC World reports the problem apparently stems from a feature for mobile devices, which syncs up their address books with their Facebook contacts.

Graham Cluley, Senior Technology Consultant at Sophos Security Software, reports that in April Facebook quietly announced it would be giving users email addresses so that they matched their public username, used as the URL for users' profile pages.

“However, the social network didn't make clear that it would also be making the email addresses the default address displayed to your online friends,” Cluley writes in his blog. “Clearly this all part of the site's plan to get more people using the email addresses, thus making the social network even harder to extricate yourself from.”

Changing it back

If you don't want to use your Facebook email address, it's up to you to change it back to your default. Here's how to do it:

  • Click on the "About" tab on your profile
  • Go to the section marked "Contact info" and choose "Edit"
  • Adjust the settings to choose which - if any - of your email addresses you would like to appear on your timeline, and who has the right to see it.
  • Press "Save"

It might be a good idea to check your profile once a week for a few weeks to make sure the email doesn't somehow get changed back.

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