Facebook syncs Timeline and E-mail addresses

In a move to continue with a slew of changes to its functionality, Facebook has now decided to sync the timeline address and Facebook e-mail address. The change will kick into effect over the next few weeks.

For people wondering what it means to you, read on. If let us say your Timeline address or Facebook URL is Facebook.com/cristopher.25, then your e-mail address will be christopher.25@facebook.com. For people who have already set up their e-mail accounts and chosen an e-mail address through Facebook, their e-mail addresses will be unaffected.

The move comes close on the heels of Google unveiling a completely revamped and brand new Google+. The social networking giant is also set to compete with the close integration offered by Google and G+. Facebook launched vanity URL’s in 2009, however it did not have the e-mail feature at that time. The e-mail feature was rolled out in 2010, giving users a @facebook address; they could also pick their own user name based on availability.

Facebook wanted to revolutionize e-mail with its offering; it even moved away from the traditional Cc, Bcc format and just gave the user a little box to type the receiver’s name and the message to be sent. They didn’t even want to call it e-mail anymore and just called it messaging However, the change didn’t seem to have the effect on users as Facebook wished to have, prompting them to automatically provide addresses now. The announcement also sees Facebook going back to calling the service as e-mail, reinstating e-mail’s immovable place in the interwebz. A recent survey pointed out that 85 percent of people still use e-mail and 62 percent of them use it for social networking.

This is however not a standalone incident of Facebook rolling out new functionality on its website. It recently converted all its brand pages into the timeline format, beginning the 1st of April. Personal users still have the option of sticking to the old layout for the moment; it is not clear if that will also see a change. The timeline has evoked a rather predictable love it or hate it response from netizens across the World. We will have to wait and see how people react to the new timeline and e-mail sync and how widely it is used.

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