Facebook Integration For iOS 6 Might Flood Your Contacts With Worthless Email Addresses

Facebook Integration For iOS 6 Might Flood Your Contacts With Worthless Email Addresses

Facebook integration for iOS 6 will be launching in a few weeks along side the iPhone 5, which is pretty cool because now you’ll be able to share photos, update your status, or even like songs without having to open up the crappy Facebook app.

The only drawback for iOS 6’s Facebook integration is that Facebook is using it to push their “@facebook.com” email addresses to everyone. What it means is that even though no one uses their @facebook.com address or know they exist, your address book is going to be infested with them.

Facebook syncing in iOS 6 is a great way to keep your info up-to-date, it just doesn’t work perfectly right now. People change their contact info on Facebook more frequently than they manually tell everyone their new phone number or email address. iOS 6’s contact syncing with Facebook will update your friends’ phone numbers for you and their email addresses without you ever needing to do a thing. Problem is, it is also going to push their @facebook.com address to you as well.

Oh you didn’t know you have a @Facebook.com email address? Yeah, most of Facebook’s 900 million users don’t know that either, but Facebook has been pushing their email service since 2010, in an attempt to make people check their email at Facebook, instead of Gmail. It hasn’t worked yet, mostly because users don’t know about it.

So with iOS 6 Facebook is going to be able to update your contacts’ info on your iPhone. Sally updates her phone number and your iPhone will be updated magically. But when you set it up, the Facebook API is also going to push you Sally’s @Facebook.com address along with her @gmail.com address. The Facebook address is worthless, and if you send an important email to Sally she probably won’t see it for a few days.

In July, Facebook’s API was only pushing the newest email address a user had entered at Facebook – which for most users was their @facebook.com address. Facebook says they fixed the bug, but TUAW looked into it, and says they’re still seeing Facebook update contacts with the @facebook.com address along with everyone’s real address.

The problem isn’t hyper-critical. It’s not going to be the end of the world. But it is an ugly inconvenience to display email addresses that no one ever uses. Apple and Facebook should change the API so that users are asked if they want to sync friends’ @facebook.com address as well, but they probably won’t, so until then, we’re all going to be stuck with address books full of Mark Zuckerberg’s worthless email service.

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  • Skywaytraffic

    Was this written a few weeks ago? Because the new Facebook app is most definitely no longer “crappy”.

  • coolman1081

    That’s not good; hope that it ends up working out, as I certainly don’t want to have to worry about that.

  • mr_bee

    So … don’t let Facebook update your contacts. I don’t understand why anyone would want that anyway.

    When Facebook says “can I access your contacts?” say … no Facebook no!

  • Brian Gregory May

    It’s already flooded my Calendar on my Mac with Birthdays that are impossible to get rid of.

  • technochick

    Was this written a few weeks ago? Because the new Facebook app is most definitely no longer “crappy”.

    Did you read the headline. He isn’t talking bout the Facebook app. He’s talking about how Facebook is being integrated into iOS 6 like Twitter was with iOS 5

  • kavok

    In iOS 6 you can go to Settings > Privacy > Contacts and turn Facebook off. This will remove the @facebook.com email addresses from your Contacts. At least as of iOS 6 Beta 4. I agree, it’s annoying.

  • wesredman

    This is annoying with not only iOS6, but also with Mountain Lion. When it adds the contacts to your address book, you cannot merge the cards, but have to link them to your other cards (if they are already in your contacts) one-by-one.

  • assyrianpride

    i just cant wait for ios 6 to come out cuz the new facebook app is way more crappy than the old one.

  • assyrianpride

    Was this written a few weeks ago? Because the new Facebook app is most definitely no longer “crappy”.

    its way worse than the old one, u have to manualy update it unless you close the app every time ur done with it

  • CharilaosMulder

    Still waiting for that day that facebook will enrich my life enough to couple it to the heart of my mac and iphone, and get all the crappy stuff synced as well. I think I can live without it, especially when I know facebook won’t make money by selling my privacy.

  • Skywaytraffic
    Was this written a few weeks ago? Because the new Facebook app is most definitely no longer “crappy”.

    Did you read the headline. He isn’t talking bout the Facebook app. He’s talking about how Facebook is being integrated into iOS 6 like Twitter was with iOS 5

    Did you read the article? He refers to the “crappy” Facebook app in the first sentence. Nice trolling though.

  • Skywaytraffic
    Was this written a few weeks ago? Because the new Facebook app is most definitely no longer “crappy”.

    its way worse than the old one, u have to manualy update it unless you close the app every time ur done with it

    We’ve had incredibly different experiences then. I don’t have to “manually” update anything. It’s lightning fast and works like a dream. Maybe try deleting the app and reinstalling? The entire point of the update was so you would no longer have to pull down for new updates.

  • Eitot

    I don’t get why the OS has to be bloated with this Facebook and Twitter garbage. Even on my Mac the share button shows the Twitter button, even though I have no account associated with it (and I won’t ever use it, but it’s there anyway). I’d rather see Apple giving more control to app developers and let their apps connect with other parts of the OS as well. Why shouldn’t Facebook integration be part of the Facebook app itself? Then every user can decide for themselves whether to use it or not.

  • Charles R Riser Jr

    Unfortunately, an even bigger problem is that the Facebook sync on your iPhone appears to “break” iMessage on the phone. Essentially it causes the phone number to no longer be associated with an iPhone … which is central to the service being able to work. It still works fine from my desktop (10.8) but now, when I send a message to a contact’s iPhone, it goes out as a text message. Even when I go back and reset the number as belonging to an iPhone in the contact file.

    Ugh.

    Again, Facebook sync essentially breaks iMessage on the iPhone.

  • Charles R Riser Jr

    So feeling silly … after mucking around, turns out my update to 6.0 turned off iMessages on my phone. Weird since I was signed into iCloud … anyhow my bad. Stupid mistake.

    Works fine now.

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