Are You Reading All of Your Facebook Messages?

Probably not. Last year, Facebook switched to the “Social Inbox” so they could sort your messages and let you only see the important ones. Great idea (in theory)! Unless you’re this reporter from Slate, who missed a string of messages about her missing laptop that a man recovered from a New York City taxi. “It’s not that those other messages aren’t important, but one of them is more meaningful,” writes one of the software engineers at Facebook on the site’s official blog about the Social Inbox’s November 2010 launch. “With new Messages, your Inbox will only contain messages from your friends and their friends. All other messages will go into an Other folder where you can look at them separately.” This means all your messages from your Facebook friends, including instant messages, emails, and texts sent through Facebook will appear in your regular “Social Inbox” and you won’t miss them (unless you ignore all your messages, which is another issue entirely). But these aren’t the only messages you get. Where are all your other messages going? Well, actually, they’re going to a separate folder labeled “other messages” that’s been right there in front of your face the whole time, although…

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