Facebook’s Other inbox to be phased out in coming days

31 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Facebook Eliminates Dump Inbox.

Out with the old, in with the new! As Facebook prepares to phase out its Other inbox in the coming days, reaction to the move has been mixed at best, with concerns about privacy leading the critical comments.Remember those extremely irritating days when anyone and everyone could freely message you and your inbox would be inundated with messages from strangers too? “We heard from people that the previous system-messages from people you weren’t connected to went to a difficult-to-discover “Other” folder only accessible from the web-was sometimes confusing, and it made them miss messages they would have otherwise preferred to see in a more timely manner”, a spokesperson from Facebook told Motherboard.

The folder is being phased out in favor of “message requests”, a new feature Facebook’s David Marcus said will make it easier to connect with anyone you need to reach while also giving recipients more privacy controls for the messages they accept. Oftentimes, these messages turn out to be spam, while sometimes it’s a legitimate message from, say, an old high school friend, or someone inquiring about your business. This mailbox is available only through a desktop and cannot be viewed on a phone, making this inbox difficult to get to, leading to a lot of missed messages. The ‘other’ mailbox is reserved for messages from people who are not friends with you on Facebook — this means that strangers messaging you, spam, or group messages including people you’re not friends with will automatically be directed to this inbox. You may want a better search engine in order to find a distant relative or to get in touch with a friend, but then again, you would want tochoose the people from whom you receive messages.

The feature that started as a “test” actually ended up being a revenue stream for the social media company when users could pay to have urgent messages delivered to the recipient’s primary inbox. 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. However, Facebook has decided to change all of this by instead merging the inboxes, instead opting for these messages to turn into ‘requests’ which can then be accepted or denied. While many people complained about missing important messages about things like job interviews, lost wallets, or long-lost family members, the inbox was often filled with people you’d rather not talk to. “Several commentators and researchers have noted that imposing a financial cost on the sender may be the most effective way to discourage unwanted messages and facilitate delivery of messages that are relevant and useful.” A few unsolicited comments about my appearance, some kinder than others, then there was the obvious spam and one obligatory request to put $20m in my bank account via Nigeria. 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.

We have to admit that, over time, that little junk folder named “other” has been filled with different things that we want to forget: requests from persons you don’t even know, spam messages that advertise certain “products“ and love letters from you friendly neighborhood stalker.

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