Facebook recently axed its Messenger’s “Other Inbox” feature and replaced it with a new one called “Message Requests.” With Facebook Message Request, strangers need only your name to contact you on Messenger, but you decide whom to answer to or whom to ignore.
The now-defunct “Other Inbox” was a feature that hardly users knew. In that folder, Facebook used to redirect messages coming from people not in your friend list or the mutual-friend list.
But the feature had one major drawback. Since Facebook users didn’t know about it, crucial messages were often left unopened. For instance, a lost brother tried to reconnect with his siblings via Facebook but his message was stuck in the Other Inbox for six months. Also, a perfect stranger that found your wallet may want to contact you on Facebook to return it to you. But until now, that was mission impossible.
Facebook Message Request solves another problem. When you give your phone number to someone, that person can still call you although you told him or her not to or blocked their number.
Additionally, you may want to contact somebody but you don’t have their phone number. So, you can miss some important stuff including the love of your life.
Facebook rolled out the new feature October 27 worldwide. The Feature is called ‘Message Requests’ because strangers cannot bump into your life as they wish. Instead, you get to decide whether they should contact you again.
All messages from non-friends will be redirected to your Message Requests in a visible place on Messenger’s interface. You can check that inbox and decide who to contact or who to ignore. The sender won’t learn that you read his or her message.
If you reply to the message it will go to your regular inbox, if you ignore it, it would rot in the ‘Filtered Requests’ folder.
Yet, the same process will apply to messages from friends-of-friends because Facebook assumed that not all mutual friends are people you enjoy talking to. The messages from these people will also wait in line in the Message Requests folder.
The new feature is very similar to Friend Request except that strangers can get in touch with you. So, you can theoretically contact any of the 1.5 billion users on Facebook even though you may not have their phone numbers.
And, with Facebook Message Request, strangers need only your name to contact you. The process is the embodiment of a dream shared by nearly all tech firms to turn your name into a phone number since names are much better when it comes to contact people.
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