Facebook Message Requests wants to replace your phone number

28 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Facebook Finally Killed That Useless “Other” Inbox You’ve Probably Been Ignoring.

Facebook wants anyone around the world to be able to message you on Facebook, but to do it, the social network is killing a part of your Facebook inbox you probably never knew you had. Facebook has now introduced Message Requests for Messenger which will basically replace the ‘Other’ folder in the app which houses messages received from strangers. Facebook’s barely known and rarely used ”Other” inbox will soon be discontinued in favor of a new addition to Messenger called Message Requests.

If you don’t know what the Other inbox is, login to facebook.com/messages and at the top of the left-hand navigation panel you’ll see the “Other” heading. According to a post by Facebook’s David Marcus, “If you’re friends on Facebook, if you have each other’s contact info in your phone and have these synced, or if you have an existing open thread, the new messages from that sender will be routed to your inbox. Everything else will now be a message request, minus spam attempts that we will continue to ruthlessly combat.” If you head to the company’s Help Center, Facebook offers an idea of message requests works as well. The new service can also make Facebook, a way to commute with contractors, short-term business colleagues or anyone else who would wish to chat with the person, but did not want to be friends or share their numbers for that matter.

With Message Requests, the company hopes more people will turn to Facebook to message people they don’t know but want to contact—the idea being Message Requests will one day replace the always awkward ask for another person’s phone number. Message Requests can be used for everything from connecting with a new friend you met at a party, reconnecting with an old high school friend, or attempting to return a stranger’s wallet.

If you reply to the person, their message will move from the Message Requests folder to the regular inbox. “We truly want to make Messenger the place where you can find and privately connect with anyone you need to reach…Now, the only thing you need to talk to virtually anyone in the world, is their name,” said David Marcus, Facebook’s head of messaging products, in a public post on his personal Facebook account. Even if you aren’t Facebook friends with someone, as long as they are in your phone’s address book—and you address book is synced to Facebook’s servers—Facebook messages from them will appear in your Messenger inbox.

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