Facebook Kills the Inbox You Didn’t Know You Had

29 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Facebook Kills the Inbox You Didn’t Know You Had.

Ahhhh, the Facebook “Other” inbox—a hive of scum and villainy, the barely visible, rarely used repository of messages you don’t really want from people you don’t really care about mixed in with a few things you’d actually want to know about. Facebook is getting rid of the “Other Inbox” service, a holding place for messages from strangers, and replacing it with a new Message Request feature. That means that messages from non-Facebook friends will land in a Message Request category that will appear either at the top of Messenger mobile or in the Messages tab on the web, explains TechCrunch. The idea is that users won’t miss out on any messages they may have overlooked because they were languishing in the hidden, seldom looked-at “Other Inbox.”

They will function much the same, but people will see a preview of the message and of its sender, with the option to either “Ignore” or “Accept” the message. “While this may seem like a small change, it’s actually a foundational development,” wrote Mr Marcus in his Facebook post. “Look for more in the months to come as we continue to improve ways to find the people you want to communicate with. And as always, please let us know how we can make this better for you.” Facebook has been gradually adding new features to its Messenger app, as it attempts to make it an entirely separate place from the main site where users can shop as well as chat.

And speaking of change, you’ll no longer be able to pay $1 to bypass someone’s Other inbox and have your message land in their primary inbox. (I used this feature exactly once to contact a source on a story. Message Request is less pushy than a Friend Request, more visible than a message sent to an inbox most people never checked, if they knew about it to begin with.

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