MANILA, Philippines – Social networking giant Facebook on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) changed the e-mail addresses posted by users on their profiles without warning.
Users were surprised to see a new Facebook-provided e-mail address patterned after their profile URLs. A person who has the account facebook.com/johnsmith, for instance, now has an e-mail address consisting of "johnsmith" plus "@facebook.com."
Those who do not have customized URLs have random numbers instead of usernames in their new Facebook e-mail address.
The original e-mail accounts provided by users, meanwhile, were hidden.
Facebook first introduced its own e-mail service in 2010, but was eventually forgotten.
A Facebook spokesperson said the company has been “updating addresses on Facebook to make them consistent across our site” since April this year.
“In addition to everyone receiving an address, we’re also rolling out a new setting that gives people the choice to decide which addresses they want to show on their timelines,” the spokesperson said in an e-mail to Reuters journalist Matthew Keys.
Those who want to get their old e-mail accounts on their Facebook pages should go through a number of steps such as editing their profiles.
Tech websites such as Lifehacker.com have been guiding Internet users on how to fix this “problem.”