Vice president of messaging products David Marcus announced in a Facebook post that Message Requests will allow any Facebook user to attempt to communicate with any other Facebook user, regardless of whether they are connected.
Facebook users who receive messages from other users they are not connected with will have the option to accept or ignore those Message Requests.
Forget phone numbers! Today, we’re excited to start rolling out Message Requests for Messenger. We truly want to make Messenger the place where you can find and privately connect with anyone you need to reach, but only be reached by the people you want to communicate with. Now, the only thing you need to talk to virtually anyone in the world is their name. As a result of these changes, we’re removing the “Other folder” that was only accessible from the Web, and are enabling you to accept or ignore new requests without the requestor knowing you’ve read their message.
The rule is pretty simple: If you’re friends on Facebook, if you have each other’s contact info in your phone and have these synced or if you have an existing open thread, the new messages from that sender will be routed to your inbox. Everything else will now be a message request, minus spam attempts that we will continue to ruthlessly combat.
While this may seem like a small change, it’s actually a foundational development. Look for more in the months to come as we continue to improve ways to find the people you want to communicate with. And as always, please let us know how we can make this better for you.
Readers: What are your initial thoughts on Message Requests?