Nov 1, 2015

Facebook kills the Other Box, what's its replacement then?

The Other inbox was where messages from strangers, or people you only kind of know. Probably many people had no idea that such folder ever existed. 

Within 10 days, Facebook will roll out Message Requests. It works a lot like the other inbox, except you can actually find it. 

“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,” writes Vice President of messaging services at Facebook, David Marcus. 

“Everything else will now be a message request, minus spam attempts that we will continue to ruthlessly combat.”

The biggest change here is messages from strangers will appear in the Messenger app, meaning you have a far greater chance of seeing them, and you get a little information about the person who sent it.

The bad news is that messages from friends of friends will land here, too. This increases the risk that you’ll miss a message you might want, though Facebook is making some effort to ensure you know about the change. 

This could be bad and good as well. But we are looking forward what it actually turns to be in the end.

Link related to blog: Wired

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