I always thought Facebook did a decent job at notifying me of incoming messages. I get a notification at the top of the website and push notifications on my phone and iPad. I thought I was always on top of things when it came to receiving and responding to messages.
Come to find out, I was on top of receiving and responding to SOME of my incoming messages, in particular, just the messages sent from friends. Apparently, I was missing a boatload of messages over the past year. I found this out while I was screwing around on Facebook last night and noticed a mysterious 'other' folder in messages. I had 97 unread messages in the folder (many of which are from blog readers- sorry!).
Upon further investigation, I found out that Facebook only notifies you of messages from friends. The 'other' folder is for messages from non-friends. You are not notified of these messages normally.
As my good deed of the day, I wanted to post how to check for these messages in case you didn't know about them. Here is where you go:
- On your Facebook.com homepage, click on the messages icon and then at the bottom, select 'See All Messages"
- On the messages page, you will notice an 'other' option below messages
- Click on 'other' and you will have access to the Facebook messages you never knew you had
This may be old news to some of you, who knows. I like to think that I am fairly in the know about Facebook changes and I've never heard about this one. Hopefully it helps a few of you as well!