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Facebook Fix: How To Gain Control Over Your Viewable Email Address

June 25, 2012 by  

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In case you haven’t heard, Facebook has made another questionable change.    If you’re a Facebook user, you have a email address, whether you use it or not. Facebook is now automatically posting those addresses to users’ profiles and displaying them as the default email address. That’s the kind of change Facebook users tend to get very angry about when they’re not warned in advance — and it’s something Facebook has a bad habit of doing. The site is notorious for its “mess up and apologize” approach.

This time they’ve changed everyone’s displayed email to the email address that nobody uses.  “Speaking of hating your users. Facebook forces everyone onto its email system. Really, Facebook?! Really?!”  tweeted freelance tech journalist Ron Miller.  Users can change the setting and show whatever email address they like, but by default, the visible address will be  Many articles characterized the change as a ham-fisted way for Facebook to push its email system, which it first announced in in late 2010. At that time the company said its goal was to integrate conversations across multiple channels of communication — text messages, Facebook chat, email, etc.   Forbes magazine summed up the conventional wisdom on Monday with a simple headline on its post: “Facebook’s Lame Attempt To Force Its Email Service On You.”



Here are the steps to change it backUsers who want to stop the address from showing up on their profiles can do so by editing their “Contact Info” sections.  You have two options for any email addresses associated with your Facebook profile: “shown on Timeline” or “hidden from Timeline.” By default, Facebook is setting your address to be “shown on Timeline” and hiding the rest. To change that, switch your email address to be “hidden from Timeline,” and set a different email to be “shown on Timeline.”

  • Go to your Facebook timeline (click your name on top right of Facebook
  • Click the “ABOUT” link on the right side near the top under your timeline picture
  • Scroll down to “CONTACT INFO” and click “EDIT”
  • Find the email you want to show on Facebook and change it to “Shown on Timeline.”
  • Any email you don’t want to use, change to “Hidden from Timeline” –see graphic to right
  • You may want to double check your privacy settings to make sure your email address(es) are only visible to friends, or whatever you prefer (the first column of symbols on right)
  • Click “SAVE”

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