DHAKA: Facebook is facing a backlash from users after replacing email addresses listed in members’ contacts with those provided by its @facebook.com system.
The company said it had acted to make details ‘consistent’ across its site, reports BBC.
If Facebook’s email system takes off it could drive more traffic to the firm’s pages helping boost advertising sales.
But some users have branded the move ‘annoying’ and ‘lame’ and publicised instructions on how to display original addresses instead of the Facebook ones.
Facebook first announced plans for the move in April, although the news attracted little attention at the time.
‘We are providing every Facebook user with his or her own Facebook email address because we find that many users find it useful to connect with each other, but using Facebook email is completely up to you’, said a statement from the company.
Emails sent to @facebook.com addresses appear alongside posts sent via the network’s internal message system, allowing users to pick up both types of communication from the same place.
One analyst told the BBC the effort could backfire.
‘It reeks of the same move Google did with its Buzz product when it automatically opted people in, and users recoiled against the action’, said Anthony Mullen, interactive marketing analyst at Forrester Research.
BDST: 1946 HRS, JUN 26, 2012
Edited by Robab Rosan, Cultural Affairs Editor