Facebook Kills Off Its Email Service
Nobody was using their @facebook.com addresses
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 25, 2014 1:33 AM CST
"Contact me at my facebook.com email address," said just about nobody.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

(Newser) – Facebook has quietly retired the email service that many users didn't even know existed. The service—touted as a "Gmail killer" before its launch in 2010—never caught on and the company has now notified users than any email sent to their @facebook.com address will be redirected to the primary email address associated with their account, the Verge reports. "We're making this change because most people haven’t been using their Facebook email address, and we can focus on improving our mobile messaging experience for everyone," Facebook says.

But even with the service killed off, users are stuck with what Josh Constine at TechCrunch calls "the death-stench of Facebook’s defunct attempt to conquer email." The other email addresses Facebook banished from profiles in favor of its own email address remain hidden, he notes, advising people to turn off Facebook's automatic email forwarding. If you don't, "anyone will be able to get your Facebook username by finding your profile’s URL and sticking it in front of @facebook.com to be able to hit your real email address with a message," he warns.

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Ezekiel 25:17
Mar 2, 2014 12:02 AM CST
I want to delete the account I use on an occasion because the local newspaper requires it for comments. I know people who did that and went back after a month or so. They do offer a service where you suspend the account. Friends tell me its the best thing to do prior to a full cancellation. That way you don't loose your friend list if you decide to return. I think it will get much worse before it does implode. The ads are bad enough now.
iq145
Feb 25, 2014 9:20 PM CST
Farcebook is in its death throes. A couple more years...
Yourself
Feb 25, 2014 9:53 AM CST
when will people realize that facebook is dying a slow death? buying a messaging app (whatsapp) for 19 BILLION dollars was just a giant piece of evidence of this decline. They have to buy out a ficticious userbase to boost their numbers.