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Facebook Kills ‘Other’ Inbox

By piranha

3rd November 2015

Facebook is the most popular social network in the world, with 1.49 billion actively accessing the site each month. In an attempt to make it easier to communicate on the platform, the company has decided to remove its ‘Others’ folder and replace it with an alternative messaging feature.

If you aren’t friends with someone on Facebook and they send you a message, it would be stored in your ‘Others’ inbox. This feature has become one of the most criticised features on the site, as it is quite spammy and often fails to notify the user when they receive a message.

The new replacement feature, known as Message Requests, will work similarly to the ‘Others’ inbox, in the sense that it will still allow strangers to contact you, providing they have your name.

Any messages sent from someone you aren’t friends with will appear as a message request, which will show you basic information about the user and a preview of the message. Users can then either reply to the message which will move the conversation into the inbox or ignore it completely.

The basic information shown will include the user’s name, where they live and mutual friends. This will help Facebook users to decide which messages to respond to and should give them more control over who can send them a message on the platform.

In a post, Facebook engineer David Marcus, said; “Now, the only thing you need to talk to virtually anyone in the world, is their name. The rule is pretty simple: 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.”

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

Facebook began rolling out Message Requests on Tuesday and it is expected that the feature will be available for everyone to use in the next few weeks.

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