Many people ask themselves how Facebook user emails work. Are they like regular email addresses? Or any different than that? Can you use them to send emails to any other email providers worldwide?

To start off, yes, basically Facebook user emails can be considered the same as other emails, but with special functions. Of course, as you’d guess, these functions are in the layout and the delivery mode: the emails you send are treated like they’d be Facebook messages, but actually they are regular emails sent by you.

Receiving any email to your address@facebook.com is also tricky, as it gets back to you in the form of Facebook messages. Since many people find it handy to follow and keep a record of it, Facebook messages were never complained about and are quite easy and flexible in usage. However, your spam filter for incoming emails is also the Facebook-way of privacy: you can set your custom message privacy settings on your Facebook profile and these settings will affect what you receive and from who you receive.

As you know, you can choose your own custom Facebook link. On April 12, 2012 Facebook announced:

“Starting today, we’re updating addresses on Facebook to make them consistent across our site. Now, the address people use to get to your timeline and send you email on Facebook will be the same. Updated addresses will be rolled out over the next few weeks. Note: Anyone who already selected an email address will not be affected.

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