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Facebook Does Away with Email Feature

(Photo Credit: MGN Online)

(Photo Credit: MGN Online)

(CNN) — Check your Facebook mail lately?

Didn’t think so. Apparently not many others did, either. So after three-plus years the world’s largest social media outlet is pulling the plug on its little-used e-mail service, the company confirmed Tuesday.

“We’re making this change because most people haven’t been using their Facebook e-mail address, and we can focus on improving our mobile messaging experience for everyone,” Facebook said in a statement.

For those who do have a Facebook mail account, messages will be forwarded to the primary e-mail address listed in a user’s account, the company said. The changes are planned to roll out in March, and users can turn off that forwarding option if they prefer not to have their personal inboxes flooded with these messages.

With last week’s $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp, the fast-growing messaging service, Facebook is focusing more on mobile messaging than e-mail these days.

Facebook ventured into the e-mail field in November 2010, adding the service to the messaging system already used heavily by its 1.2 billion users. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said at the time that the system would complement, not compete, with entrenched e-mail giants such as Google, Yahoo and Microsoft.

“We don’t expect anyone to wake up tomorrow and say, ‘I’m going to shut down my Yahoo account or my Gmail account and switch exclusively to Facebook.’ But we do expect a shift to more real-time communication,” he said.

6 comments

  • Mathew T. Adkins

    I know I have one, but I never knew how to check it or use it. And what is the point when we have facebook inboxes, gmail, yahoo, etc. I would rather have the networking option back.

  • Richard Picone

    close captions were better this am. but cleveland now is still a little off.
    thanks for making a improvement on close captions for the hearing impaired. dick picone [pickone9@yahoo.com

  • Pat Vitrano

    I am glad they notified us of this. However, it would have been nice had they notified me that they were removing my personal videos I had of my grandchildren, change o seasons, artwork portfolio etc. Since it took many hours to gather photos, music and all that goes with putting them together. At least I might have had a chance to copy them for posterity. They take too many liberties with our belongings ans always trying to squeeze every bit of personal information for God knows what !!!!

  • Jason Nehal (@AlohaDawg)

    How did you upload them to FB without having a copy in the first place? Your issue is purely a user issue. I’m not a huge facebook apologist, but it’s certainly not their job or responsibility to maintain your personal archives.

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