Are you missing messages on Facebook?

10 12 2011

I have just read a fascinating article about where Facebook hides messages from people other than friends.

What – you didn’t know about this? No, neither did I, nor it would seem the article’s author and many of her friends. I am a prolific and I thought, relatively adept Facebook user and had no idea I was missing so many messages.

The trick is, on the left hand side of your Facebook screen, click on the word “Messages”. A folder should open up underneath it called “Other”. Click on this and see how many messages come up.

I had 59 messages waiting for me (plus a link to find “older messages”. Some of these were spam (a few offers of meetings of people who liked the look of me – amusing since my profile photo is a picture of the Eiffel Tower). Some were from people I play online scrabble with (they probably thought me very rude for not answering). But there were also a large number from pages that I subscribe to. Some of these were special offers, one told me I had won a tray of cheese (luckily I did know about that and got the cheese! Hello and thanks to Udder Delights!) And a number were training courses with due dates now long since passed. Note that none of these messages in the Other folder came up as a number against Messages to tell me there was something waiting for me. I was lucky – there was nothing really important that I missed, unlike the author in the linked article.

So now I have to remember to….

1. Check the Wall feed is set to “recent stories first” not “highlighted stories first”

2. Keep an eye on the ticker as a lot of these do not seem to come up on my wall

3. Check the Other folder in Messages as well as any messages from friends that have come up in the Messages folder.

Convenience, Facebook, convenience is what we want. Having to find out these sorts of things through word of (electronic) mouth, and check multiple areas to make sure nothing important is being missed is not user-friendly. I understand that their aim was to separate possible SPAM and unwanted messages from messages from friends…..which is fine if they let us know about it and it was obvious on the screen that there was another place we needed to look for messages.

Now I just have to work out how to access the Other folder from the mobile app…..

Feel free to share this around – I suspect many people don’t know about this folder.


Stalker-net part II

8 10 2011

In this strange world of both increased and almost paranoid privacy, and the open sharing of all manner of things online, the concept of stalker-net is one I have visited in the past. The context then was the check-in feature of Facebook which fulfills the following three useful functions:

1. Alerts potential robbers to when you are not home

UPDATE 5/11/11: See here for a great infographic about burglers using social media to identify when people aren’t home.

2. Alerts potential stalkers to your current location (and who you are with)

3. For check-ins at home (in bed, eating breakfast etc – we’ve all seen them), alerts potential stalkers to your home address, when you are actually there, and helpfully, provides a little map.

OK – so maybe my paranoia is slightly higher than most, since a really large number of my friends seem to use this function and to my knowledge (and I guess to their knowledge) none of them has been broken into or is being stalked.

I can’t say the new Facebook “subscribe” option made me feel any better about controlling what information I have out there – but then I can’t seem to get LinkedIn to let me block certain people from viewing my account either. Not that there is anything on there that is incorrect or in any way damaging, I just find it creepy that I have a couple of lurkers who refuse to make contact but check out my profile regularly. Yes, paranoia again.

So thanks to Saucy Social Media for the following graphic, which combines three of my major interests – social media, psychology and humour.

And you know what they say – the best jokes contain that grain of truth. I do not however suggest you use this as a diagnostic tool.

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Please change back, Facebook!

22 09 2011

I can’t claim credit for this one, but it is kinda cute, for we Dr Suess fans!

I do not like this Sam I Am …..
I do not like this Facebook scam …
I do not like the new news feed …
I do not like it, no indeed ….
I do not like your top news trends,
instead of recent news from friends ….
It was just fine, but now it’s weird,
so let me make myself quite clear ….
I don’t like this new page attack ….
So Facebook admin …



Perhaps Facebook Admins did hear me…but instead of listening, they decided to respond in kind. This was sent to me….