Facebook have announced the elimination of your “other” inbox. This was the place where messages sent by those you weren’t connected to would sit and languish. If you look into your messages and click the “other” tab you probably will find half a dozen spam messages – as well as one or two valid messages.
According to Facebook, here’s how your messaging (aka inbox) will now work:
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.
Provided this works well, we could be seeing the birth of a somewhat universal instant messaging communication system. The next closest to message the most people, without resorting to the dreaded “invitation to create an account on _______ service”, might be Skype.
As with most changes, expect these to gradually roll out over the course of the next few days or weeks.