Facebook has finally managed to address one of its most enduring problems, which, for hard core facebookers means that the Other Inbox is dead, so long live Message Requests.
What this actually means, in detail is the fact that the good people at Facebook have finally taken the decision to remove, or more likely to kill off, the Other Inbox feature. Normally, a Facebook user has two inboxes. Your regular one, where you receive all your messages (and yes, your cats pictures) and the second one, its less popular twin, the Other Inbox.
The Other Inbox is the place where all the messages received from people that were not friends of yours on Facebook went to die. So let’s say, for example, you met a cute stranger at your local pub and he / she decided to message your first, and then send you a friend request, it most likely went to the Other Inbox. So, yes, basically Facebook is the reason why you’re single. Like you didn’t know that already.
So, you know that episode from Seinfeld where they try to remember the third tenor from the famous trio and they settle it by saying it’s Pavarotti, Domingo and the other guy? Well, it’s exactly like that with the Other Inbox. Personally, I found out I had it about two years after I first created an account on Facebook. And I am not alone. Poles suggest people are divided into two categories: they either don’t know they have this Other Inbox, or they forget to check it for months.
But now, apparently, Facebook has come forth with the rescuing idea. The Other Inbox is dead, so long live Message requests. This means that, from now on, when you receive messages from people you are not already friends with on Facebook, you will also receive a notification asking you if you want to receive it. It will appear normally, in your notifications tab, upper right-hand corner. Also, you get to see your Message Request at the top of your inbox.
Also, Facebook promises to filter out our messages and keep away the ones it thinks are spam. So no more spam, not even in the Message requests.
This change means good news and comes in handy. Also, I have to admit, it makes a lot more sense than the Other Inbox. For a social network, it didn’t seem very sensible to actually have an inbox where messages from people you don’t know go and die. After all, this is all about communication and getting in touch with people.
This reminds me, I should check my Other Inbox before it’s too late!
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