Facebook syncs Timeline with email usernames
14 April 2012
Facebook have created a system where users were able to create usernames for their profiles, so instead of long characters in their domain, a name like jsmith would appear.
Facebook also had rolled out an email service for its users who would have a email@example.com and could communicate with other users of Facebook or even other services like Gmail, Yahoo and Hotmail.
Because the two services were launched at different times, users may not have created a username for their Facebook profile and vice versa. Facebook is reported to be rolling out a program where the two usernames of both services will be synced unless you have already chosen different usernames for both services.
So if your Timeline username is jsmith, your profile address will be facebook.com/jsmith and your e-mail address will be firstname.lastname@example.org similar to Google.
While Facebook is popular for social networking, its email service has not really caught on and this move to integrate usernames might be directed at increasing usage of Facebook email.
Facebook even launched a Messenger app in 2011 to consolidate all Facebook communication in one place. The company launched an update to the app to remove cc and bcc from the email service to call it strictly messaging. Through this app, users could reply to another user's chat, email and text messages as well as add information like location and photos.
The big draw of Facebook email was what they called the 'social inbox'. What it does is it pulls data from the social graph and informs your inbox of which people you communicate with most frequently. It also pulls information on which messages are more important.
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