Yesterday while taking to my usual social media activities, I discovered an interesting development with Facebook. If you want to message a user not your “friend,” you could end up spending some money. I decided to private message somebody after reading a post he shared on a cerebral palsy themed page. When I visited his profile and clicked “Message,” I saw what the PrtSc image to the right depicts.
Did you know the Other folder even existed? Don’t worry, neither did I until I stumbled upon it last week. Thankfully I uncovered the folder because hidden away I found an extremely touching response from a reader who read Off Balanced. To respect the user’s privacy I will refrain from disclosing specific details the message entailed. Instead I will just emphasize how thankful I am to successfully receive the PM.
Generally speaking my aforementioned experience alludes to a current concern I possess regarding the Facebook messaging change. Exactly how likely will a recipient read a private message filed away in the Other folder? Perhaps Oblivion stands a better header name. 🙂
Now please refrain from confusing my above quip as a complaint. I recognize Facebook as a business and I understand the desire to increase revenue streams. Plus I truly feel any judgment made today will prove premature. Personally I believe we should wait and see how the private messaging change impacts Facebook’s culture. Will the Other folder maintain the present oblivious status? Or, will users begin to check their Other folders the way they check their Inbox messages and Timeline posts?
Ultimately time shall reveal all. I can say for certain I plan to keep my Other folder from oblivion by checking it regularly. After all I do not want to accidentally miss out on any feedback from those who read Off Balanced. Additionally I can say for certain I plan to avoid spending money on sending Facebook messages. For instance, rather than sending my originally intended private message I hit “Cancel” and simply friend-requested the individual. Go ahead and call me cheap if you wish. 😀
What about you? Will you routinely check your Other folder? Do you plan to dish out the Washingtons so you can message users not amongst your Friends list? Sound off via commenting below.