by Lily Bradic
Welcome to Web 201, everyone! In this series, we’ll be talking about the lesser-known features of the networks we covered in Web 101. To start, we’ll be covering the “Other” folder on Facebook. In order to prepare you for the hidden horrors of your own “Other” folder, I’ll be sharing what’s lurking in mine.
This, ladies and gentleman, is your “Other” folder. Inside, you’ll find messages from the following:
Let's start with Exhibit A: the “please give me money” guy.
It says "Facebook User" because his account has since been deleted. I wonder why?
Now let's take a look at Exhibit B: the “we have the same name” dude. He's basically the doge meme in human form.
Such wow. (I have an unusual last name, though, so maybe you’ll be spared this one.)
Now, Exhibit C: the mafia boss.
Seems like a pretty sweet deal, actually. What happens if I say no, though? Will there be a horse’s head in my inbox?
And then there’s Exhibit D, this guy, who hasn’t even made an effort to be interesting.
There’ll also be a bunch of messages like these, which are even more dull than the “let’s be friends” person.
So, all fan pages and groups. And yeah — I Liked Dr Pepper on Facebook. But come on, it was 2009!
However spammy, I wouldn’t have minded having all those messages in my inbox. At least I’d have been aware of them. If there was an option to turn off the “Other” inbox and redirect messages to your main inbox, I’d have probably chosen it.
But then, this week, I received two lengthy, vaguely creepy messages from somebody who’d found me on a Q&A site and decided to add all my social profiles. His messages were pretty intense, and changed my mind about the “Other” folder. Sometimes it’s nice to mentally prepare yourself before reading crazy things. If it all went straight into your inbox, you wouldn’t have a chance.
So, I’m not against the “Other” folder. Not at all. Facebook even lets you filter your messages further, although it doesn't let you block those messages altogether.
Essentially, “basic filtering” allow messages from friends, friends of friends, and anybody else Facebook thinks you might know, to land in your inbox. “Strict filtering” means that only your friends’ messages will arrive in your inbox, and everything else will end up in “Other”.
So, what have you found in YOUR “Other” folder? Let us know in the comments!