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Facebook shuts down unloved ‘@facebook.com’ email service

Facebook’s unpopular email system has been shut down, after launching in 2010. 

Facebook has shut down its email system because most people haven’t been using their Facebook email address, and we can focus on improving our mobile messaging experience for everyone.

The email system was launched in 2010, in an attempt to ‘kill’ Gmail and in 2012 it changed the default address for messages to users’ Facebook addresses. But Facebook has admitted that its attempt to get its members to switch email accounts did not work. 

Facebook said it is notifying people who use its @facebook.com address service about the upcoming changes.

They added: “When someone sends you an email to your @facebook.com address, it will no longer go to your Messages on Facebook. Instead, the email will be forwarded to the primary email address on your account. (People have the option to turn forwarding off.)” 

It’s not all bad for Facebook, however. Last week the company, which has more than 1.2 billion members, bought the mobile messaging service WhatsApp for $19 billion. 

Did you use an @facebook.com email account? Surprised it’s getting the boot? Let us know your thoughts by posting in the comments below. 

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