Facebook announced two changes to their platform this week, both of which are intended to make the experience of using the service slightly less annoying. The company is doing away with the "other" inbox (the spam-filled secondary mailbox you probably never checked) and those game invites from (supposed) friends that show in your notifications.
The Vice President of Messaging Products at Facebook, David Marcus, announced the change to the Facebook messaging tool "Messenger" on Tuesday. Marcus also explained a new feature called "Message Requests" that will function sort of like a caller ID for the service, calling it a "foundational development."
"The rule is pretty simple: If you’re friends on Facebook, if you have each other’s contact info in your phone and have these synced, or if you have an existing open thread, the new messages from that sender will be routed to your inbox. Everything else will now be a message request, minus spam attempts that we will continue to ruthlessly combat."
Wired reports that with the death of the "other" inbox, you no longer have the option to pay Facebook $1 to put your weird letter to a stranger at the top of that person's inbox.
The death of the game invite notifications was announced yesterday by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg during a Q&A at the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, reports CNET.
Don't get too excited, however. When exactly the game invites will go away, and what they will be replaced with, is still up in the air according to Consumerist.