The program will roll out over the next several week and it’s simple to use, for example if your Facebook.com account is listed under the URL Facebook.com/joe.18 your Facebook email address will simple be firstname.lastname@example.org.
Facebook since mid-2011 has been making a big push into the email space, attempting to keep users on the site for longer periods of time by allowing them to receive messages in an older format while responding directly from the Facebook platform. Vanity URLs in the meantime rolled out in 2009 but a Facebook email feature was not available at that time. When 2010 rolled around Facebook allowed users to choose an @facebook email address of their very own by choosing a vanity URL.
The new change seems most likely to affect users who never chose a vanity URL. [Read more…]