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Bad Facebook, No Cookie For You

on June 29, 2012

As was widely reported, Facebook pro-actively made some changes to users’ email preferences recently: forcing the default email address for every user to switch to an @facebook.com address and displaying it to all their friends, regardless of what the user had previously chosen.

News quickly spread and most people (myself included) quickly changed their e-mail setting back to what it had been before Facebook forced the change. Annoying, but a minor inconvenience, right?

Maybe not. Today, a co-worker discovered that his contact info for me had been silently updated to overwrite my work email address with my Facebook email address. He discovered this only after sending work emails to the wrong address.

And even worse, the emails are not actually in my Facebook messages. I checked. They’ve vanished into the ether.

For all I know, I could be missing a lot more emails from friends, colleagues, or family members, and never even know it.

F*** you very much Facebook.

If you’ve got my contact information in your phone or address book, please check to make sure you’ve got the right email listed?

UPDATE 7/1: Greetings, CNET readers. Thanks for stopping by.


22 Responses to “Bad Facebook, No Cookie For You”

  1. rulken russell says:

    Wow if this is true, then this may be the biggest internet blunder of all times!

  2. AK says:

    Very unfair! You are being very unfair towards Facebook.

    You are using a useless free service that at best wastes your time and gets you RSI in little but steady instalments. Not to mention social dumbness ad a by-product. The company is run by a certified and academically intelligent jerk called Zuzk (aptly rhymes with f**k).

    They make their living by selling the naked you out in the market. They want to be everywhere. They want you to use their service in their way. So what are they supposed to do? Start supporting Google+ profiles instead of Facebook profiles and starting a campaign to promote the use of Hotmail?

    If you still have not guessed the best solution to this fu**ing idiocy shown by you and many others (yes I was one of you once upon a time) then here’s the quick answer:
    Get the f**k out of here. Get a life. Tell your friends to visit you in real life, call them to have a beer with you. Call you. Email you. Ask them to come to your house to look the paper and print album of your son’s birthday party. Or tell them to f**k off for good.

  3. Hai B. says:

    AK, if you can’t control yourself to not throwing “f**k”, then your words cost 1.99 cents.

    Facebook did a silly mistake.

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  5. Caspar says:

    Did you try the ‘Other’ messages folder? That seems to be where many messages end up on Facebook.

    • lux says:

      Yes, I did, and even checked the Spam folder nested within the “Other” folder. No dice.

  6. Palle says:

    An unbelievable step by Facebook. Fortunately I’m still on my Google account, maybe because I have a German Facebook-Account. I guess Americans have to act as a guinea pig always. “Let’s see how far we can go”

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  13. Mr.Right says:

    Facebook is the mistake at all, but all stupid things are going down soon!

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