Facebook Opens $1 Message Test in the U.S., Adds New Filters for Managing Inbox

Facebook Messenger on mobile and Facebook Messages on the web introducing updates now combined "all your messages, emails, chat and text messages together in one ongoing conversation, whether they're sent from mobile or desktop."In addition, a new test starting today with a small number of people offering the option to pay to have a message […]

Facebook Messenger on mobile and Facebook Messages on the web introducing updates now combined "all your messages, emails, chat and text messages together in one ongoing conversation, whether they're sent from mobile or desktop."

In addition, a new test starting today with a small number of people offering the option to pay to have a message routed to their Inbox rather than the Other folder of a recipient that they are not connected with. "Users can now pay $1 to make sure their messages land in the Inbox, rather than the Other folder," the company informs.

Facebook open $1 test message, introduces new filters

Facebook introduced the "Other Folder" back in 2010, to ensure it receives all other "less relevant" messages.

This message routing test feature is "only for personal messages" between individuals in the U.S. In this test, "the number of messages a person can have routed from their Other folder to their Inbox will be limited to a maximum of one per week," Facebook wrote.

"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," explains Facebook.

For the receiver, "this test allows them to hear from people who have an important message to send them."

Additionally, Facebook is also introducing new filters for managing Inbox, and announced of replacing the "Who can send me Facebook Messages" setting with up-front filters that help to address the issue that's causing messages people care about delivered to Other section.

The new Inbox filtering offers following two options:

Basic Filtering show mostly messages from friends and people you may know (for example, friends of friends) in your Inbox. "People who had the previous setting set to "friends of friends" or "everyone" will have Basic Filtering on," facebook said.

And, the other one is Strict Filtering that will show you messages from friends in your Inbox. "People who had the previous setting set to "friends" will have "Strict Filtering" on."

Additionally, users can always select "Move to Other" or "Report Spam" from the Actions menu for the message they don't want. Even, they can block people that they don't want to hear from on Facebook.

The filters will help reaching the following types of messages in your Inbox:

  • "Someone using Messenger for Android, who is not on Facebook but has your contact info in their phone, wanted to send you a message
  • A friend of a friend wanted to include you in a message about a party along with some of your mutual friends
  • A friend wanted to send a message to your @facebook.com address," Facebook adds.