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Facebook Shuts Down @Facebook Email System

timothy posted about 10 months ago | from the shot-in-the-dark-went-wild dept.

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First time accepted submitter beaker_72 writes "The BBC are reporting that Facebook will end their email system which provided users an @Facebook.com email address in March. The official line from Facebook is that not many people have been using the service. Is that really the case or have they found it too challenging to monetize that part of their service? Did users stay away from this 'service' because they've become more savvy and recognized it for what it was — another way to harvest their data? Or is it the case that the market is currently saturated with free webmail services and there wasn't room for another one?"

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Because people already have E-mail addresses? (5, Insightful)

mlts (1038732) | about 10 months ago | (#46335723)

I'm guessing that since FB requires an existing E-mail address to sign up, having @facebook.com would be redundant... not to mention the lack of a really decent E-mail client.

Re:Because people already have E-mail addresses? (5, Insightful)

i kan reed (749298) | about 10 months ago | (#46335813)

What's really annoying about it is the way they started by forcing people to use it as their contact address, and then those people suckered by their abuse now have people trying to reach them with a now-inactive system.

It's the same basic problem with any website that tries to force it's "neat new features" on users. Youtube and googleplus is a similar thing. When google plus inevitably fails(and it will), they're going to have to go through an elaborate shutdown process that impinges on all the other google services people use.

The point I'm trying to make(and no it won't reach anyone that needs to hear it, Dice) is to stop pretending your existing userbase will love and use your new services just because you tell them to.

Re:Because people already have E-mail addresses? (2, Interesting)

Archangel Michael (180766) | about 10 months ago | (#46336593)

Google+ isn't failing. Not by a long shot. It has features FB wishes it had. The issue with G+ that most people have, is that it isn't for announcing your latest bowel movement of Beibergasm of the day. Let the kiddies play on Facebook and twitter.

Re:Because people already have E-mail addresses? (4, Insightful)

MightyMartian (840721) | about 10 months ago | (#46336659)

What I don't like is Google trying to force me to make a Google+ account, and even get a little sneaky about it.

lack of respect (1)

Fluffy the Destroyer (3459643) | about 10 months ago | (#46337425)

and don't even tell me the use for it since I have none because I use other services like twitter and reddit for my "other" needs that I can use.

Re:Because people already have E-mail addresses? (1)

loufoque (1400831) | about 10 months ago | (#46337781)

You don't automatically get a Google+ account with a normal Google account?

Re:Because people already have E-mail addresses? (1)

MightyMartian (840721) | about 10 months ago | (#46337917)

Maybe you do now. But I've had my Gmail account for the better part of a decade.

Re:Because people already have E-mail addresses? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46337931)

You didn't used to.

Re:Because people already have E-mail addresses? (1)

interkin3tic (1469267) | about 10 months ago | (#46338125)

What's the problem. If they trick you into making a google + account, and you never use it, it's not as if they get additional personal information from you that they don't already have. You pay nothing for it. Can people add you as... circles or whatever and tag you in photos without your approval? If so that seems like a problem independent of making you sign up for a + account.

The youtube real name controversy I can at least understand on some level. I can't sympathize too much since I suspect most people getting upset about that are just mad because their names might be attached to stupid and/or racist stuff they post there.

Re:Because people already have E-mail addresses? (1)

The Good Reverend (84440) | about 10 months ago | (#46336727)

That's only because no one is using it. Maybe your friends post stuff you don't like, but that seems like a problem with your friends, not the medium.

Re:Because people already have E-mail addresses? (1)

Archangel Michael (180766) | about 10 months ago | (#46337213)

Actually, FB is nice for casual contact with people I grew up with, and family. Informal and often child like. I have and use FB, but it is limited. People I have common interests in, but aren't "friends" per se are much better over on Google+. Just my opinion.

Re:Because people already have E-mail addresses? (0)

jandrese (485) | about 10 months ago | (#46337035)

Having a better feature set is a moot point if you have no users.

Re:Because people already have E-mail addresses? (1)

Archangel Michael (180766) | about 10 months ago | (#46337287)

360 Million active users ..... yup "no users"

school (1)

Fluffy the Destroyer (3459643) | about 10 months ago | (#46337413)

When google plus inevitably fails(and it will)

he didnt say its failing. it will fail. review in verbs please

Re:Because people already have E-mail addresses? (3, Informative)

_Shad0w_ (127912) | about 10 months ago | (#46337151)

It just forwards all the e-mails to your @facebook.com address to your reigstered address now.

Re:Because people already have E-mail addresses? (0)

i kan reed (749298) | about 10 months ago | (#46338173)

Honestly, I wouldn't know, I don't actually use facebook. I'm just projecting my anger for the principal in question at a relevant target.

Re:Because people already have E-mail addresses? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46337651)

What's really annoying about it is the way they started by forcing people to use it as their contact address

every time i try to remove the @facebook.com email address from the list of contact email addresses i refresh the screen and its been auto re-added. every. single. time.

Re: Because people already have E-mail addresses? (4, Insightful)

samkass (174571) | about 10 months ago | (#46335823)

Yeah, judging by the popularity of Gmail, people being concerned with their data being harvested doesn't seem to be a concern at all. I think it was just plain executed badly.

Re: Because people already have E-mail addresses? (4, Insightful)

Albanach (527650) | about 10 months ago | (#46335991)

Many users have been stung over the years by changing ISP and losing their email address. Or by not changing ISP, but their ISP changing their name and their email address going out the window.

I think most people have a hard time seeing Google or Gmail disappearing from the face of the internet. And for those that are concerned, they can use their own domain on Gmail.

However users may be less certain of Facebook's long term position. After all, look at where ICQ, MySpace, LiveJournal and the others are today. Maybe this is just a recognition by Facebook's own user base that they're happy to stick around for so long as Facebook is where things are happening, but that they have no great ties to the site and don't necessarily want to create them either.

Re: Because people already have E-mail addresses? (4, Insightful)

mcgrew (92797) | about 10 months ago | (#46336445)

Gmail took off because its interface was so much better than anyone else's webmail. I got my present webmail address when I kept losing my address when changing ISPs. Since I can use Thunderbird for a client for it, why in thw world would I want to change it? Especially since there's not only no compelling reason to, there's no reason to at all.

Re: Because people already have E-mail addresses? (4, Informative)

stdarg (456557) | about 10 months ago | (#46337065)

Not only did they have a better interface, they offered a ridiculous (at the time) amount of space. I used to use Yahoo mail, then they imposed a cap of 2MB (I think), and you had to pay to up that to 10MB. Gmail came out swinging at 1GB.

anti-spam (1)

phorm (591458) | about 10 months ago | (#46337427)

Also a *much* better SPAM filter than competitors. They were also the first ones to offer a fairly hefty chunk of space, which later pushed MSN/hotmail/Yahoo and various ISP's to up their offerings to compete.

Re: Because people already have E-mail addresses? (4, Informative)

loufoque (1400831) | about 10 months ago | (#46337805)

No.
Gmail took off because it provided a free POP3/IMAP email service with a large storage capacity.

Re: Because people already have E-mail addresses? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46337281)

Just wait until the morons at Comcast take over from the slightly less moronic pinheads at Time Warner, and millions of "rr[dot]com" e-mail addresses evaporate. Them's gonna be some fuuuun times on the intertubes, I tell ya.

Re: Because people already have E-mail addresses? (1)

c-A-d (77980) | about 10 months ago | (#46337817)

Many users have been stung over the years by changing ISP and losing their email address.

I moved my parents to a gmail account just because of this.

Re:Because people already have E-mail addresses? (1)

nurb432 (527695) | about 10 months ago | (#46335825)

For some it would be a way to add a layer to hide your real email account. But i agree, most wouldn't care.

I am sure they just didn't have enough users to make it cost effective.

Professional Email Address (5, Interesting)

jellomizer (103300) | about 10 months ago | (#46336217)

I am sorry a Facebook.com email address is rather unprofessional, unless you actually work at Facebook.

Why is Facebook.com more unprofessional then say gmail.com?
Well for one, Facebook is in generally more informal, it is all about gossip and keeping contacts with your friends. While you use Google for real work too.

For your personal email it still needs a degree of professionalism, because that is what is going to be on your resume, and with other non-work related business contact.
Your work email isn't that good because you can change jobs and your email goes away.
The same if you use your ISP's email address.

Hotmail.com, AOL.com, Yahoo.com all still work too. However you can sometimes seem dated.

outlook.com could work too, but you seem like a Microsoftie.

I myself prefer to have my own domain name, then link it to whatever email service that I like a the time.

Re:Professional Email Address (2, Interesting)

mlts (1038732) | about 10 months ago | (#46336601)

I found that people judge you by your domain.

Custom domain -- professional.

@gmail/yahoo/hotmail -- hack.

You also get what you pay for. I pay for Exchange hosted E-mail for my "professional" account, and get top tier reliability... and nobody sifting through the mailbox for ads.

Of course, I do use the "free" E-mails. Might as well have all the FB stuff go somewhere, but if it is anything but junk, a "real" E-mail address is important, just like going to an interview for an IT position wearing proper clothing and not liquid latex and chain mail.

Re:Professional Email Address (2)

FuegoFuerte (247200) | about 10 months ago | (#46336823)

If you judge people based on their choice of free or low-cost email provider then you, sir, are the hack. I've been using Yahoo email since they bought Geocities (and used Geocities email before that, as back in the day they were the only ones to offer pop3/smtp access for free).

In all those years, there have only been a few noticeable outages, mostly very short-term. Their service is fast, reliable, and they keep making improvements. Why would I switch?

Re:Professional Email Address (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46336941)

Exactly. Judging by a domain is just pointless.

Re:Professional Email Address (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46337695)

In all those years, there have only been a few noticeable outages, mostly very short-term. Their service is fast, reliable, and they keep making improvements. Why would I switch?

Because Yahoo can cancel your email for no reason and you have zero legal recourse. Taking on that risk just to save the business $100/year is what's unprofessional. Email is a critical resource for most businesses

If you were opening a restaurant, imagine if your partner said, "I worked out an awesome deal with the landlord. I got us a $10/month discount on rent, and all I gave him was the right to evict us without notice!" Would use the word "professional" to describe that?

Re:Professional Email Address (2)

CCarrot (1562079) | about 10 months ago | (#46337149)

I found that people judge you by your domain.

Custom domain -- professional.

@gmail/yahoo/hotmail -- hack.

You read the Oatmeal [theoatmeal.com] too, don't you?

Re:Professional Email Address (1)

c-A-d (77980) | about 10 months ago | (#46337829)

my custom domain is lazy.... I don't think that's terribly professional...

Re:Professional Email Address (1)

c-A-d (77980) | about 10 months ago | (#46337851)

Yarr.... next time I should actually read what I post..

My customer domain is lazy"somethingsomething".... not terribly professional.

Re:Professional Email Address (4, Insightful)

DerekLyons (302214) | about 10 months ago | (#46337063)

Do you also judge people by whether or not their home address is in a fashionable neighborhood? Whether their 'casual Friday' shirt comes from L.L. Bean or Wal-Mart?

Seriously, I imagine there are more inane and shallow things to just people on than their email address... but it can't be a long list.

Re:Professional Email Address (1)

nwf (25607) | about 10 months ago | (#46337519)

If I'm hiring for a position in the fashion industry, then I may very well check out what clothes they are wearing. Same for someone wanting a job in the tech industry. An applicant with an aol.com or yahoo.com says they just aren't serious about their profession. If they are applying to be a secretary, then indeed, I could care less what their email address domain is.

Re:Professional Email Address (2, Insightful)

DerekLyons (302214) | about 10 months ago | (#46337605)

The amazing thing is that, like all people with ignorant biases, you actually think these are reasonable statements.

Re:Professional Email Address (-1)

nwf (25607) | about 10 months ago | (#46337693)

Yes, because anyone who doesn't think like you is biased. Sure there are exceptions to any rule, but it works most of the time. How else are you going to sort through 1000 resumes for 1 posting but to use heuristics? Nothing is perfect, get over it.

Re:Professional Email Address (0)

N0Man74 (1620447) | about 10 months ago | (#46337911)

When I see someone with a personalized domain name for their e-mail address, I tend to think they are either a narcissist, or they are over-compensating.

There's nothing special about registering a domain, and the idea that this conveys that the person is technically competent is utter nonsense.

I've known many idiots with their own domains, and brilliant folks with GMail accounts. In fact, I've only ever personally known one brilliant and competent guy who had his own domain (and has had it for about 20 years).

Re:Professional Email Address (2)

ilsaloving (1534307) | about 10 months ago | (#46337601)

If the email is for personal use, then no, it really doesn't matter.

If you're trying to sell yourself as a professional, then using a free email service *does* come across as unprofessional. Why? Because you can whip off a free email address in 5 minutes with no effort. You don't need to have put any thought into it beforehand, and you look like a potential fly-by-night service.

By simple virtue of the fact that someone has their own domain names, instantly says that they are at least trying for the long haul. Or at least, there's a significantly greater chance that they are.

Generally speaking, the harder it is to set something up speaks to how seriously a person takes said something.

Facebook email incredibly useful ... (1)

perpenso (1613749) | about 10 months ago | (#46336783)

I'm guessing that since FB requires an existing E-mail address to sign up, having @facebook.com would be redundant... not to mention the lack of a really decent E-mail client.

Who doesn't need an extra email address? Facebook email could be incredibly useful as a spam bucket. Give facebook to the companies and organizations that you do not want to hear from but require an email for some reason.

Re:Facebook email incredibly useful ... (1)

Yebyen (59663) | about 10 months ago | (#46337039)

As if I don't already get enough spam on Facebook... no thanks!

(Actually, my facebook feed consists mostly of updates from The Onion, it's honestly a joy sometimes to visit the News Feed.)

You had me at (4, Funny)

korbulon (2792438) | about 10 months ago | (#46335747)

"Facebook Shuts Down."

Alas, two years too soon.

Re:You had me at (1)

Ralph Wiggam (22354) | about 10 months ago | (#46336053)

You think Facebook will cease to exist in 2 years?

Re:You had me at (1)

korbulon (2792438) | about 10 months ago | (#46336177)

Merely hope.

Re:You had me at (1)

Ralph Wiggam (22354) | about 10 months ago | (#46336303)

You know that's definitely not going to happen, right?

Re:You had me at (1)

korbulon (2792438) | about 10 months ago | (#46336369)

You know that's definitely not going to happen, right?

I don't believe in definitely / definitely not, especially when we're talking about an overhyped technology company in the midst of a tech bubble. But it will probably still be around then. Sigh.

Re:You had me at (2)

jandrese (485) | about 10 months ago | (#46337081)

AOL is still around. Companies can linger for a long time after they stop being relevant, especially ones that have a ton of cash on hand. Granted, I don't know how many more 18 billion dollar purchases Zuckerburg can make before they start having cashflow problems, but they don't appear to be hurting at the moment.

Re:You had me at (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46336305)

Why?

Re:You had me at (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46336585)

He was obviously referring to the news posted earlier where a couple of researchers predicted Facebooks demise by 2016 based on Google's search result trends.

Re:You had me at (1)

Ralph Wiggam (22354) | about 10 months ago | (#46336689)

"Demise" like "losing a bunch of active users" or "demise" like "cease to exist"? If it's the second one, those are the worst researchers ever.

Re:You had me at (1)

ynp7 (1786468) | about 10 months ago | (#46337075)

I hope that they do take a huge fall just so they can change the company's name back to WhatsApp.

Re:You had me at (1)

barakn (641218) | about 10 months ago | (#46338007)

And the company's FAQs could be stored in WhatsApp.doc.

Email is an alternative to facebook (2)

timeOday (582209) | about 10 months ago | (#46335757)

Why I don't like facebook is because my family used to exchange personal updates by email, which I liked. When they joined facebook, that stopped. I don't want to be on facebook, so by not joining I shut myself out. This kind of pressure is exactly what makes facebook so viral.

When facebook was an upstart, playing nice with the status quo (email) benefitted them. Now facebook is the status quo, so alternatives do not benefit them.

Re:Email is an alternative to facebook (3, Insightful)

i kan reed (749298) | about 10 months ago | (#46335855)

Yeah, the email-facebook dichotomy really describes the changes in the web over the last few years.

Standardized tech-based distributed solution without central planning to centralized, secretive, over-advertized, manipulative hyper-corporate sites.

SEO and web 2.0 were poison pills that are killing the actual utility of the internet as a collection of content and systems in favor of "content providers" like facebook.

Re:Email is an alternative to facebook (2)

StripedCow (776465) | about 10 months ago | (#46335887)

When my family subscribed to a plain old telephone service, they stopped visiting me. I didn't want to subscribe to Ma Bell. So by not joining, I shut myself out.
Fortunately, the U.S. Justice Department split the monopoly and required the telephone companies to play nice with eachother.

Re:Email is an alternative to facebook (2)

DarwinSurvivor (1752106) | about 10 months ago | (#46336221)

It's more like, "When my family switched from Verizon[1] to AT&T[1], they stopped calling me, but I don't want to switch to AT&T[1] because they tap my phone and are all-around douchebags. By not getting an AT&T[1] phone, I've shut myself out". Luckily the government mandates that they be compatible, unlike Facebook which can do whatever the hell it wants[2].

[1] I have no direct opinion of either Verizon or AT&T in this respect and the use of their names was simply because they were the first 2 well-known operators that came to mind.

[2] I do not believe that Facebook should be restricted in what it can and cannot do (at least as far as compatibility goes), I'm just trying to illustrate the difference between a website and a phone system.

Re:Email is an alternative to facebook (2)

StripedCow (776465) | about 10 months ago | (#46336323)

I do not believe that Facebook should be restricted in what it can and cannot do (at least as far as compatibility goes)

In general, I am with you.
However, once an internet company reaches the point where it facilitates mass-communication, there should be rules. See the telephone example to see how things go wrong otherwise.

Re:Email is an alternative to facebook (1)

spxero (782496) | about 10 months ago | (#46336379)

While your comment is funny, the truth hurts. For the longest time my wife (then girlfriend) kept two phones, one on AT&T and one on Verizon. Because of her family on Verizon and me (and my family) on AT&T, it was cheaper for her to have two phones to talk to both sides than have an "unlimited minutes and messages" account on one service. YMMV.

Re:Email is an alternative to facebook (3)

MightyYar (622222) | about 10 months ago | (#46336335)

I'm one of those people who likes Facebook specifically because I no longer have to maintain an address book or worry about who to include on what emails. Just throw it all out there and let people who care read it. I wish Facebook weren't proprietary, but I'm not going to be a zealot about it - when it dies I'll just move on to the next thing.

Re:Email is an alternative to facebook (2)

timeOday (582209) | about 10 months ago | (#46337491)

That is why I DON'T like facebook. When I am sending a message to specific people, the focus is on whatever concerns us both. If I were just broadcasting information about myself for my (presumed) interested audience on Facebook, that interaction is no longer about our relationship, instead the only common factor is ME ME ME.

Re:Email is an alternative to facebook (1)

fermion (181285) | about 10 months ago | (#46336427)

This would be my impression. If people were 'more sophisticated' and worried about data harvesting, they would not use gmail. As it is, I don't know anyone who uses their facebook email. I don't see any difference between data collected on the site and data collected through email. It is probably just that no one is using it.

Re:Email is an alternative to facebook (4, Insightful)

ynp7 (1786468) | about 10 months ago | (#46337107)

Until this story, I didn't know anyone who remembered that Facebook email was a thing.

Lack of marketing (4, Insightful)

tangent3 (449222) | about 10 months ago | (#46335759)

How many people even know they had a free @facebook.com email address?

Re:Lack of marketing (1)

Kjella (173770) | about 10 months ago | (#46336309)

I knew, from when they changed my contact address without asking me. Made me just as pissed as when companies sign me up for newsletters I don't want just because I bought something from a site. I love to "abuse" the report spam button on those, I'm sure legally you have somehow gotten my consent but fuck you. Same with Facebook and their coup.

Re:Lack of marketing (1)

CronoCloud (590650) | about 10 months ago | (#46338123)

I didn't know, so yes I was like "What the heck, facebook gives you a @facebook e-mail address?"

That happened one other time to me when I was told (not long before the website was shut down) that everyone with a playstation2-linux.com forum account actually had a @playstation2-linux.com e-mail address, that would automatically get forwarded to the sign-in address. IIRC a couple of members who had known about for a long time used it as a throwaway/spam filter.

They harvest enough private, personal info (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46335783)

my emails shall always remain outside their greedy grasp. Same for Linkedin and other such services who promise convenience and ice cream if we just give them our souls. Not that email is private but at least it is private from THEM as long as I don’t play their game.

Free icecream???? (1)

nurb432 (527695) | about 10 months ago | (#46335915)

Where do i sign up?

Re:They harvest enough private, personal info (2)

edibobb (113989) | about 10 months ago | (#46335921)

Ice cream? Nobody told me I could get ice cream!!

Re:They harvest enough private, personal info (2)

c-A-d (77980) | about 10 months ago | (#46337793)

That linkedin stuff really burns my bacon. Everytime I log in, they beg me to let them log into my Gmail account so they can find more "connections" for me.

No. Just because someone is in my email address book does NOT mean they are someone I want to connect with on a business level.

Could it be because of access issues? (5, Insightful)

Kevin108 (760520) | about 10 months ago | (#46335791)

I would think most people have little use for an e-mail address that cannot be accessed from work.

Do we get our original contacts back? (1)

scorp1us (235526) | about 10 months ago | (#46335793)

I remember when facebook replaced all of my contact info with @facebook.com addresses, the bulk update ripped through my phone and messed a lot of things up.

Can I now get my original contacts restored?

Re:Do we get our original contacts back? (2)

Blaskowicz (634489) | about 10 months ago | (#46336117)

No. You got "embraced and extended".

Re:Do we get our original contacts back? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46337653)

Ouch, I thought that only happened in prison.

Not using. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46335795)

The official line from Facebook is that not many people have been using the service. Is that really the case or have they found it too challenging to monetize that part of their service?

Well, if folks aren't using the service then it's hard to monetize it, isn't it?

I think it's shame. Folks are getting a bit self conscious with their FB use. It's OK to post shit, but to use it as your primary platform for communication? Nope.

And everyone knows that FB is in the business to pimp user data, so the less you give'em the better.

Same for Google, btw. Although, they're smarter because they create gadgets to suck folks into their data mining.

FaceBook Glasses or tablets on the way?

way to piss off the few users they do have... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46335829)

way to piss off the few users they do have...

Or maybe... (5, Insightful)

pauldmartin (2005952) | about 10 months ago | (#46335841)

Perhaps it's because they offered a bastardized inferior version of email for the sole purpose of mining more of their users' communications without providing any additional benefit to the consumer.

Re:Or maybe... (1)

colfer (619105) | about 10 months ago | (#46336903)

And any email system is a PITA to run. And if your spam filtering is not as good as Gmail's, you will hear about it. I'm surprised web host ISP's have not outsourced this stuff off their servers - except the 3rd party email companies cost as much as web hosting itself. That tells you it is expensive to run an email service.

Re:Or maybe... (1)

erice (13380) | about 10 months ago | (#46337317)

Definitely. Facebook email is an awkward and crippled parody of email. It is something to put up with for communicating with people who don't use use real email or who you don't trust with your real email address. But, seriously, why would anybody want to use Facebook email for communication that doesn't involve Facebook?

Email use on the decline in general (1, Interesting)

aussiedood (577993) | about 10 months ago | (#46335871)

I think it's more because email use in general is on the decline. Facebook and other social media sites are the reason as people keep in touch with that instead of emailing. Couple that with the already entrenched services like Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Hotmail etc and it's little wonder there was little interest.

Re:Email use on the decline in general (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46336407)

Definatly not true.

In fact I now encourage email use to me over facebook, then I have the offline excuse for not replying to it.

With facebook, they get to see when you read the message and maybe when you are online.

When I book airplane tickets you want me to use facebook? i dont think so. I will just get LIKE spam and suggestion spam.

No thanks.

Re:Email use on the decline in general (0)

ynp7 (1786468) | about 10 months ago | (#46337171)

I bet you think that everyone lives in their mom's basement, too. Next time post with your name, you deserve credit for writing something so stupid.

Re:Email use on the decline in general (0)

cyborg_monkey (150790) | about 10 months ago | (#46337289)

Well, at least you're logged in so we can all see what a moron you are.

For once they aren't lying (2)

redmid17 (1217076) | about 10 months ago | (#46335885)

No one uses the FB email address? Why would they when they need a valid email to sign up already?

Re:For once they aren't lying (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46337475)

Hotmail and gmail practically beg you to provide an alt .
See what is wrong with that? Both do it for emergency auth, supposedly, but with hotmail you are forced to give that or a phone #, or cannot even create the account.

data harvesting (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46335889)

If it were because people were concerned about their data being harvested, Google would also be turning off their email service.

Facebook Shuts Down... (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46335901)

A thrill of hope. Drat.

Data mining? Sure... but what about mobile foray? (2)

ProjectArcturus (3551993) | about 10 months ago | (#46336031)

The Facebook phone flopped, or so I assume since I haven't heard about it in over a year. Think back to when it came out: Microsoft had the Live accounts back then, obviously there are your Google accounts for Droids, Apple iCloud accounts for iPhones, etc. If Facebook had more penetration into the cell phone market, maybe the idea of a Facebook-central account that starts off as your email makes more sense? Again, I knew little about the Facebook phone, so just conjecture. Buying WhatsApp seems to be a sign they're steering the ship in a slightly different direction, moving away from any hopes of the above.

FB had email? (3, Funny)

ripvlan (2609033) | about 10 months ago | (#46336041)

ah - now I know why I haven't been getting email all of these years.

One thing's for sure... (0)

erp_consultant (2614861) | about 10 months ago | (#46336107)

If FB shut it down it was only because they could not find a way to make money off it. Let's face it - everyone has caught on to these creeps and how they operate. Does anyone actually use their real name on there anymore? Does anyone actually sign up using their primary email address (with all your contacts and every important email message you have ever sent)?

FB reminds me a lot of Microsoft. You can only piss off your users so much before they 1) stop trusting you with their data and 2) start looking for alternative services. Microsoft has seen this happen over the past several years, particularly in the Consumer market. Witness the rise in Mac vs. PC sales. Witness Microsoft's almost complete lack of presence in either the tablet or mobile OS market. I think a lot of people just got pissed off with MS and started looking for other (better?) ways of getting things done.

Now lets take a look at FB. What do they offer? A place to post your photos, exchange news with your friends and a way to chat with them. So along comes Instagram and a lot of people switch to that for posting photos. Similarly, a lot of people have switched to Twitter for exchanging news information with their groups of friends. WhatsApp offers a way to chat with your friends around the world with no SMS charges, just like FB chat does.

So what is FB's response to this? They buy up Instagram and WhatsApp. Rumors continue to swirl that they are trying to buy Twitter. If you can't beat em, swallow them up.

What should be very disturbing to FB is that users are continuing to flee their service. Why? Because we don't trust them to be good custodians of our data. FB has a well documented history of terms of service head fakes and slights of hand.

If I were a FB user (and I'm not) I would be filling my profile with completely fake information, rendering their supposed advertising powerhouse completely useless. And if you have to go to that extent what's the point of even using it?

Re: One thing's for sure... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46336331)

You clearly don't understand the niche of FB compared to Twitter and Instagram. Instagram allows you to share edited smart phone photos one at a time. Well this is great for sharing those almost drunken noodles from last night, not so good for sharing your wedding album.
You bring up a not so accurate point about some people using there middle name in place of their last. This is not because of Facebook seeing who they are it about work, strangers, the police etc seeing who they are.
You have the right not to use Facebook, but you should really dropped the bold I am proud to be uninformed attitude.

Didn't know it existed. (1)

EightBits (61345) | about 10 months ago | (#46336241)

I'm on Faceboook daily and didn't even know they had an email service.

It never worked? Functionally, really, never... (2)

plik (5535) | about 10 months ago | (#46336247)

When they launched this feature I was very curious how the integration would work, so I sent myself test emails from a few accounts. I never got them. I tried maybe a year (?) later? I also never got them. So I would consider that to be somewhat of a patent failure.

Re:It never worked? Functionally, really, never... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46336847)

+1 Same experience here. The @facebook.com email addresses looked promising for a business use case for my employer, but testing showed it to be unusable because it failed to deliver emails to the Facebook users.

Maybe it's because... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46336355)

... the messaging system of Facebook is pure shit??

Just try to find a message from a couple of days ago, the interface is clumsy, slow and hard to use. And for some reasons the search box gives you completly irrelevant results. It's like using a webmail client in the late 90's but worst.

I tried but I didn't liked it... I'm going to stay with gmail.

Not popular (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46336433)

In all the email addresses I collect from my customers, not a single one has ever had an @facebook.com email.

My scams! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46336497)

There go all my phishing scams that claim I work for Facebook.

lol no (0)

slashmydots (2189826) | about 10 months ago | (#46336853)

Anyone who would see it as a privacy concern would not use Facebook in the first place. The only users left at this point are a bit more clueless.

What is this FB you keep talking about? (1)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | about 10 months ago | (#46337787)

Is it something like that WhatsUpDoc app that Google bought that nobody uses (except maybe outside the US)?

I thought that died when MySpace bought them out ...

Wow this really sucks for anyone who use it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#46338253)

I signed up for some websites via my @facebook.com email address. God forbid I need to reset my password, then I'm just totally fucked aren't I?

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