Facebook rolls out new ‘Message Requests’ feature for Messenger

31 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Facebook Is Getting Rid of That Weird “Other” Message Inbox Everyone Hates.

Out with the old, in with the new! As Facebook prepares to drop its Other inbox in the coming days, reaction to the move has been mixed with concerns about privacy leading the critical comments. “What’s the ‘other’ inbox?”, you’re not alone.“We’ve heard so many stories like estranged parents trying to get back in touch, or you lost your wallet and someone trying to get in touch with you” Messenger’s Product Manager on Message Requests Tony Leach explained to TechCrunch. The messages in other inbox turn out to be spam, while sometimes it’s a legitimate message from, say, an old high school friend wanting to catch up, or a potential client inquiring about your business.

Previously, if you received a message from someone who wasn’t your friend or a mutual friend, it was filed away in the “Other” inbox, which was only accessible from the Web. Most people didn’t even know the inbox existed — and those who knew were wary about checking it. “We truly want to make Messenger the place where you can find and privately connect with anyone you need to reach, but only be reached by the people you want to communicate with,” David Marcus, the Vice President of Messaging Products at Facebook wrote of the new feature. This folder is only available on the web and many people have complained it is too hidden, meaning they have missed messages But there are also some critical remarks about the Facebook move.

Some have cited the possibility of many more spam messages, as well as more opportunities for users to harass people they don’t like, and aren’t friends with on the site. “This means women will get creepy messages directly in their inbox, warned one user. “They used to be able to ignore them as they went to the others folder.” Still, the Other inbox will be replaced by “requests” – that means Facebook will send you a notification telling you that a stranger has sent you a message, and you can choose to accept or reject those requests. Until now, Facebook’s messaging system has had a niggling flaw: when somebody not directly connected to you reached out, there was a strong chance it would be sent to the “Other Messages” folder.

Messages will arrive automatically, even if the sender doesn’t have a Facebook account, but will be stored as a contact as long as users have the app/program synced up. Facebook recently announced an ambitious plan to ‘index the world’s conversation’ – and keep people away from it’s rival – Twitter and Google. The social networking giant said its users are already making over 1.5 billion searches per day and to help them it will now index all of its posts – which currently number 2 trillion.

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