Will you miss Facebook’s ‘other’ inbox?

30 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Facebook Makes It Easier for Anyone to Message You.

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. “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,” Marcus wrote on his Facebook page. “Now, the only thing you need to talk to virtually anyone in the world, is their name.” The change gives Facebook’s 1.49 billion members the ability to initiate a conversation via message requests.And thanks to Facebook’s spam detection systems that flag recently created accounts with few friends, Messenger can keep blocking them automatically even if they create a new account to try to harass you.Just yesterday, the head of Facebook messaging products, David Marcus, announced that the “other” message folder, also known as Facebook message purgatory (quite possibly the location of Lost Oceanic flight 815) is finally being removed.

The new feature –which will begin rolling out across the globe today – allows users to reach out to others in a more prominent way so long as they have your full name. Recipients will get more control about what they see — choosing whether to accept or deny the messages without the sender ever knowing if they were read.

Remember those extremely irritating days when anyone and everyone could freely message you and your inbox would be inundated with messages from strangers too? It was not readily visible on the Facebook site and was completely inaccessible on mobile, making it an often-ignored catch-all for weirdos and missed connections.

Tapping on the notification allows you to check some basic information on the sender, including their name, where they live, as well as any mutual friends on the social network. Facebook is looking to add security to its Other Inbox by introducing a Message Request feature with the intention of making it much easier to filter unwanted chats and messages. With some 700 million people around the world using Facebook Messenger, the US social network is introducing a number of new features to the messenger client.

The addition of “Message Request” will be helpful as the platform begins to develop and bring in more businesses and combine with third-party services. Most were not even aware of the existence of the “other” folder, let alone that there could be very important messages being filtered to that folder.

Unlike the old “Other” inbox feature, this function won’t have read receipts unless you move the message to your inbox, so the ignored messengers won’t even know you’ve seen them. Facebook software engineer Louis Boval said: “With Messenger, we’ve been focused on creating the best messaging experience possible by giving people a fun and easy way to connect and express themselves with friends and contacts. “With this update, more people can enjoy all the features that are available on Messenger – including photos, videos, group chats, voice and video calling, stickers and more.

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. 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. For example, a message sent to Motherboard contributing editor Sarah Jeong from a stranger who said he had been sitting behind her at a trial she was covering.

Thankfully, this is set to change: Facebook has announced it will be phasing out the “Other” section, replacing it with something far more practical. Facebook Engineer, Adam Wolff, wrote a lengthy explanation of the detailing how the Mercury Project planned to address “issues with disconnection, incorrect message counts, and missed and duplicated messages.” Aside from these problems, other issues included the fact that the folder was only accessible from the desktop version of Facebook, and not in iOS or Android mobile applications. She didn’t remember sending the message.” There are a variety of uses for the now defunct “other” inbox, but mystifying love letters from creepers was, at least anecdotally, the most common. 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.

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. Chris Taylor of Mashable fame discovered just how eager desperate for revenue Facebook was when he discovered that he could message Facebook Founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg and bypass his “other” folder for a premium price tag of $100 USD.

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