- Who uses Facebook messages as their primary email address? Nobody. So it doesn't deserve the primary spot.
- If someone has found that contact information, this person is already on Facebook, why don't they just send a message that way?
- For those who have opted not to personalize their Facebook URLs -- like us -- the e-mail address shows up as a forgettable string of numbers. At least in our case, that is because we have zero interest in using Facebook like that.
- Apparently, these rules don't apply to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, as Reuters' Matthew Keys learned when he sent an e-mail to Zuck@facebook.com and got a bounceback. We also tried and got the same undeliverable result.
Anyway, like all of Facebook's user-unfriendly default settings, this one is easy enough to change if you know where to go. Just head to your About page, choose the edit tab under e-mail and then flip that 'do not enter' sign, which means "Hidden from Timeline" to match your preference.
Update 2:38 p.m.: A Facebook spokesperson has confirmed in a statement to TPM the site-wide change and the motivation behind it. "As we announced back in April, we’ve been updating addresses on Facebook to make them consistent across our site," a spokesperson wrote it an email.