Shh…You have secret messages waiting for you on Facebook. In fact, you might have dozens of secret messages that you never even knew existed. If anyone has ever told you that she sent a Facebook message to you but you never received it, then you probably have never discovered where Facebook is hiding your secret messages.
A recent article on Slate told the tale of a writer who left her laptop in a New York cab. The next passenger discovered the laptop and tried to return it to her by contacting her via a Facebook message. Unfortunately, the message wasn’t discovered until weeks later, after she had already purchased a replacement laptop. Furious at Facebook Again!
If you don’t know about Facebook’s Other Messages, you probably have unread messages that you didn’t know existed. Other messages are from people who send you messages but Facebook doesn’t consider them to be important. It’s as if Facebook is making an “A” List and “B” List for people who send you messages. Other Messages are from people on Facebook’s B List for you. These messages can include friends who are your Facebook friends but who don’t send you messages often, people who send you a message with a Facebook friend request, people who aren’t connected to you on Facebook, and messages from Fan Pages.
To see your hidden messages, go to your Facebook home page and click Messages in the left column.
After you click Messages, you will be taken to a new screen where you can access your Other Messages, the double super-secret hidden messages that you probably never knew were there.
Click on Other to see what you’ve been missing. If you didn’t know about these before, you’ll probably be quite surprised to see some friends whom you have been innocently, but rudely, ignoring. You also might discover solicitations from people you don’t know and messages from fan pages you have Liked.
In my Other Messages, I discovered messages from quite a few friends, as well as messages from Facebook pages I wish I had seen. I also saw some solicitations that gave me a small appreciation for Facebook’s filter.
So make sure you don’t miss out on your Other Messages on Facebook. Check them often to be certain you know who is reaching out to you. And if you’re sending a message to someone via Facebook, don’t be offended if they don’t reply. Chances are pretty good they may not discover your message for a while!
Did you know that Facebook Other Messages existed? Have you been missing important messages? Let us know in the Comments section below!
Dear Amelia, Hayley, Stephanie, Kaarina, Claire, Carol, Christine, Kimberly and others,
Please forgive my rudeness in not responding to your Facebook message sooner. I was clueless about where to find it.
I hope you find it in your heart to forgive me someday.
* Facebook image by Andrew Mager
** Crackerjack image by Dr. Wendy Longo