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Facebook’s ‘Other’ Folder

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FacebookSocial media have so many hidden features that it’s hard to keep up. One you may have missed is the “Other” folder on Facebook.

On the left panel of the Home page, click Messages. Next to “Inbox” in boldface you’ll see a light gray “Other” folder. Click it to see a hidden cache of messages. Most are likely some variety of spam. That’s what the Other folder is for.

Other ‘Other’ messages, though, may be important. When tech columnist David Pogue first wrote about this topic, hundreds of readers responded, some of whom found important outdated messages, including the deaths of friends, free tickets and job leads. There even were Good Samaritans trying to return lost credit cards and wallets.

Tip No. 1 is to check your Other folder periodically.

Speaking of messages hidden in plain sight, every time you post an update, a pop-up menu next to the Post button lets you pick a privacy setting: Public, Friends or others. What’s not obvious is that this menu is “sticky.” Whichever setting you pick for this post applies to every future post until you change it.

At first, Pogue couldn’t figure out how to change a post’s privacy setting retroactively (neither could we). However, he did find it.

Just to the right of your post’s date is a small gray icon. A globe means it’s public. On a computer or laptop, you may see this with a mouseover. Click the icon for the same menu of privacy settings: Public, Friends and so on.

You can change who sees the post, but not its date, meaning that it won’t suddenly appear at the top of people’s feeds. They’ll have to go find it.

Tip No. 2 is to pick a default setting and leave it there.

Source: David Pogue, The New York Times

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