Facebook Says Goodbye To The “Other” Inbox

30 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Facebook Eliminates Dump Inbox.

Out with the old, in with the new! 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. 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. The others tab, or the dump inbox, will now be replaced by messages request tab, in which you can view all the messages you received from your circle of friends. 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. However, that also meant that sometimes, important messages were missed out as people just did not read their Other folder afraid of too much spam or lecherous and sometimes abusive folks.

The head of Messaging at Facebook, David Marcus, in a recent post announced that they are set to bring a whole lot of changes to your Facebook messages on desktop. Instead of going to your Inbox, these messages will now appear as message requests and just like you accept friend requests, you can accept these requests if you want to take the conversation forward.

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. Also, while currently, senders (even the anonymous ones) can see whether you have read the message or not, the new message requests do not let people see whether you have read the message or not.

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