Just a reminder about the secret FB inbox

(43 Posts)
kim147 Sat 05-Jan-13 18:53:54

In case you didn't know, FB has a secret FB inbox. Click messages and you see Inbox and Other.

Click Other - FB does not bother to tell you if anyone has messaged you but you will probably have a message or two.

Reminded of it today by someone who I messaged but did not get it.

Enjoy your messages.

kim147 Sat 05-Jan-13 18:54:32

Done it again - why don't I check the forum. Will move to chat

BIWIshYouAMerryChristmas Sat 05-Jan-13 18:57:34

What's the point of this 'other' box? And how to people's messages go in one or the other?

BIWIshYouAMerryChristmas Sat 05-Jan-13 18:57:56

(Oh, and I had a handful of very old messages in there, so it was worth looking!)

kim147 Sat 05-Jan-13 18:59:32

I think if the person does not know you, the message goes to the other box.

But FB won't tell you. What's the point - if you get a message, FB should tell you.

everlong Sat 05-Jan-13 18:59:43

Oh right.
I always thought ' other ' was for pm's from people that weren't a friend confused

WorraLiberty Sat 05-Jan-13 19:01:36

It's never been any different though...it's just more obvious since the layout has changed. Before the change, 'other' was a little shadowed word under 'messages'.

kim147 Sat 05-Jan-13 19:02:05

Same thing? I don't know - but there will be something in there.

onthemetro Sat 05-Jan-13 19:03:15

Mine is just full of spammy messages from pages I've liked, so I presume that's why they go to other and not to my main inbox. Which I'm quite thankful of as there are hundreds!

SilveryMoon Sat 05-Jan-13 19:05:39

I never noticed this or knew of it's existence!
So, if I messaged someone I am not 'friends' with on fb, they may not have seen it?

BertieBotts Sat 05-Jan-13 19:06:42

Mine is full of random men asking if I'm single confused

BloominMarvellous Sat 05-Jan-13 19:07:48

Thank you for pointing this out. I had 15 messages responding to things I was selling!!!

Very annoying that Facebook don't notify you about it!!

Thank you OP

UrsulaBuffay Sat 05-Jan-13 19:08:28

If you have at least one friend in common then your message will have gone to the normal inbox. If no friends in common it goes to 'other'. I had one a while back from a journalist as one of my friends had a family situation they wanted info on!!

FancyPuffin Sat 05-Jan-13 19:10:38

It's more noticeable now. But if you have sent someone you are mot friends with a message in the past and not had a reply, they probably never saw it.

SilveryMoon Sat 05-Jan-13 19:13:49

Ok. That makes sense then.
Can't believe I never knew this.
Thanks Kim

kim147 Sat 05-Jan-13 19:20:14

Totally wrong forum - I had AIBU open. But did this a while ago and was amazed at the messages people got. Lost lovers, old friends, business contacts. All lost in the FB ether.

I never knew that existed! I have messages going back 4 years, LOTS of social invites, messages from people I used to work with checking if it was me before adding me, and a couple of random men, one who actually sounded kind of sweet. grin

IneedAgoldenNickname Sat 05-Jan-13 19:28:05

I can't access the other folder from my phone, it might be full of messages from men wanting to date me grin sadly that's not likely though

BatmanLovesSparklyBaubles Sat 05-Jan-13 19:33:52

Thanks for this thread - had a message from an old friend in there.

Sadly no random men chasing after me though sad

nailak Sat 05-Jan-13 19:35:11

i never knew it existed, i had 99 messages!

BelieveInPink Sat 05-Jan-13 19:44:56

This has always been the case but what's annoyed me is that before, my settings were that you couldn't message me unless we were friends. Now everyone can.

Sunnywithshowers Sat 05-Jan-13 20:02:17

How annoying, I have a message but I don't know who it's from!

highlandbird Sat 05-Jan-13 20:15:56

wow, thank you so much Kim for starting this thread, had no idea about this secret inbox....lots of spam stuff in there but also a message from an ex sent a year ago apologising for being an immature twat when we went out 3 years ago shock

Rest of mine are event invites from 2008

Yeah, I discovered it a while ago! And found a message from my then-to be uni flatmate from before we were going to move in- she'd found me, and I'd (unknowingly) ignored her! S'all good now grin

FloweryDrawers Sat 05-Jan-13 20:27:24

Aha! Now I know why, amongst all the contributors in a magazine I wrote for at the end of 2011, I was the only they didn't ask for an author photo. Turns out they did ask, but it went in there. Thanks for helping clear that up! grin

The rest is all just adverts from pages that I've "liked".

I never knew about that before, I feel awful, there are loads of responses to things that I've posted on places to hook up with people with similar interests and things and I didn't have a clue! There are also loads from people I knew once upon a time. How ridiculous shock

FrostyWindMadeMoan Sat 05-Jan-13 20:33:51

Thanks SO much for posting this. I had no idea about it. I had several messages going back 3 years.Some lovely ones too. They will have thought I had ignored them. I have replied to them now,but will there be the same problem that they can't see ?

redexpat Sat 05-Jan-13 20:39:00

I had no idea. I have no messages in there though. Feeling decidedly unpopular!

DeltaUniformDeltaEcho Sat 05-Jan-13 20:44:13


I just checked this folder and found a message from my DD's paternal grandmother wanting to meet her. They have never ever shown an interest in her at all despite me saying they were very very welcome. It was dated April 2012. I have replied - I just hope it's not too late!

Thanks for pointing this out. DD turned 12 last week and not knowing this side of her family has always caused her some upset so hopefully this is a step in the right direction.

bit shell shocked now!

goodness, I had 34 messages!

QOD Sat 05-Jan-13 20:59:05

Wow. Loads of spam but a sweet one from my niece that she just thinks I ignored

trockodile Sat 05-Jan-13 21:39:59

Thanks-I found several!

MrsKeithRichards Sat 05-Jan-13 22:25:59

I knew about this just because of selling pages but wow there are some lovely stories here! Hope people can follow up on them!

MrsNPattz Sat 05-Jan-13 22:44:31

I didn't know this either so thanks!

mamamibbo Sat 05-Jan-13 22:47:10

ive just found one from someone i nearly bought a pram off saying

"do you want that pram or nt cs me mums gunna take it the tip if you dont"

erm... glad i didnt now

JethroTull Sat 05-Jan-13 22:51:46

I can't see an 'other' folder?

Piemother Sat 05-Jan-13 23:10:32

Oh my god! I had dozens gojng back years! Some people asking for advice about something I posted on a forum which were in the summer. Feeling v guilty I missed those hmm
But 5 messages from random guys I don't even know saying I was v beautiful. I am having a truly shot time ATM they cheered me right up!

Piemother Sat 05-Jan-13 23:33:19

11 messages from random guys! 11!

PRBunny Sun 06-Jan-13 00:05:37

Thanks for posting this - I've just found a message from my SIL who claimed she wasn't on Facebook! But it won't let me add her as a friend. Any ideas why I can't add her as a friend?

PrincessFiorimonde Sun 06-Jan-13 01:26:24

Thanks for this. Just checked and (among some other more boring stuff) there was a message from my SIL from months ago.

MrsTerrysChocolateOrange Sun 06-Jan-13 03:27:33

Thanks, I got one from an old friend and never knew it! I've sent a friend request to him. grin

TheSloppelganger Sun 06-Jan-13 04:10:27

shock I had 89 messages.

Fair amount of crap advert things, a bunch of wooing attempts from random creeps, but loads more from old friends and acquaintances who probably think I am a right rude ignoring wanker now.

Many thanks for the heads up.

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