As the internet continues its journey through mainstream acceptance, the rough edges that typified the early days of the web have been systematically chipped away. Take, for example, the Space Jam website, which still inexplicably exists. While it is without doubt a masterpiece of 90’s web design, can you imagine any site coming out in 2015 looking like that?

ICYMI, Facebook Got Rid Of That Annoying ‘Other’ Message Inbox

Oh, memories

All of this is to say that sometimes, websites need to kill their darlings to survive. We’re not saying that the ‘Other’ folder in Facebook’s messaging system was ever a darling, per se, but it has definitely been killed. 

No longer will it be the default online receptacle for your unsolicited messages. Never again will you remember it exists, frantically check it, and discover a myriad of opportunities that you missed because you and whoever else weren’t ‘friends’.

Enter Message Requests. In a Facebook post (natch), FB’s go-to messaging dude David Marcus outlined the changes:


Forget phone numbers! Today, we’re excited to start rolling out Message Requests for Messenger. We truly want to make…

Posted by David Marcus on Tuesday, 27 October 2015

The most interesting part of this whole switch-up is that now, if you want to chat with someone over the ol’ FB, all you need is their name. If they’re not to keen on that? Well, you’re stuck in Message Request land, my friend. At least those will be more appealing to check than opening Other Messages to find some bloke shilling his band’s shit metalcore ep back in 2009. 

Story via Venturebeat.
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