If you’re anything like me, you probably didn’t even know your Facebook account had two in boxes That’s right; when you go to your messages, there’s a little grey link at the top that says “other.” This is where less-relevant messages end up. Check it out: you may be surprised at what you find. But most of the time the “other” category just catches messages that you never really wanted to read anyway. If a page that you’ve “liked” or someone you don’t know sends you a message, it’s likely to end up there.
Facebook wants to make that other inbox a little more functional. They’ve started a trial limited to only a few users that allows them the option of paying one dollar to guarantee that their message ends up with the rest of your messages, not filtered out into the box that no one knows exists.
Facebook claims that:
“This test is designed to address situations where neither social nor algorithmic signals are sufficient. For example, if you want to send a message to someone you heard speak at an event but are not friends with, or if you want to message someone about a job opportunity, you can use this feature to reach their Inbox. For the receiver, this test allows them to hear from people who have an important message to send them.”
Right now, the experiment is very limited, and Facebook isn’t saying who exactly has access to this feature. It is unknown at this point if they’ve set any safeguards in place to prevent spamming, but the cost should deter any spammers from using it to flood your inbox with messages you don’t care about.
It remains to be seen what the full extent of this option will be, but Facebook promises further changes to the messages system over the next few months. In the meantime though, don’t worry about any weird messages coming to your inbox – but if it does happen, you’ll know exactly why!
Stay nerdy, my friends.