Where Facebook 'Hides' Your Missing Messages

One writer discovers hard-to-find 'other' tab

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 10, 2011 2:18 PM CST | Updated Dec 10, 2011 4:40 PM CST

(Newser) – Need another reason to fume over Facebook? Slate writer Elizabeth Weingarten found one after forgetting her new Macbook Air in the back of a New York taxi. "Hands shaking," she called the cab company, she writes—but no luck. "Then, I slumped against the side of a building and sobbed." Later, prompted by an email from a colleague, she checked the messages that Facebook "hides" under "Other"—and sure enough, a friendly fellow had contacted her about her lost computer.

"How could Facebook do this?" asks Weingarten of the nearly secret "Other" tab. "Why would they do this?" Turns out Facebook wants to weed out messages from non-friends, especially spammers, so they don't clutter your inbox. Weingarten sighed with relief—somewhat. She contacted her laptop savior, who promises to mail it to her. And, you know, "thanks, Facebook, for helping this nice man return my laptop. But please try to explain your services better. I suspect many people would be grateful." (Read about a Facebook glitch that allows access to private photos.)

Where the hidden other messages reside on your Facebook page.
Where the hidden "other" messages reside on your Facebook page.   (YouTube)
FILE - This Oct. 11, 2010 file photo, shows the logo of the online network Facebook, recorded in Munich with a magnifying glass of a computer screen of a laptop. Facebook said Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011, it is settling with the Federal Trade Commission over charges it deceived consumers. The...
FILE - This Oct. 11, 2010 file photo, shows the logo of the online network Facebook, recorded in Munich with a magnifying glass of a computer screen of a laptop. Facebook said Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011,...   (AP Photo/dapd, Joerg Koch)
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