Facebook Messages: 3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Opt In

By Jamie Pert - Nov 16, 2010

Facebook announced it’s new modern messaging system yesterday, and received a mixed reaction to it’s usefulness. If you are on the fence about using it, we have detailed 3 reasons why you should not.

In a poll we released yesterday, the majority vote was that most users would rather stick to their regular e-mail host, or would just stay away from it completely as they didn’t think they could trust Facebook’s security record.

After doing a little more research, we have found three quite huge reasons that you should stay well away from Facebook Messages and give a detailed explanation why.

Unable To Delete Messages – Yes that’s right. You can’t delete single messages at all. Think about it, if you where to get extremely intoxicated one evening and send that lucky someone a message (sms, or normal message since they are integrated), you would wake up in the morning, go through your messages and say to yourself “I wish I never sent that message!”

Well, it’s not as bad as it seems. Facebook do say you can’t delete individual messages, but you can archive or permanently delete entire threads. If you choose to archive it, it will still be there, hiding from you. And if you choose to delete the entire thread (with messages you may want to keep), it may even ask for the other person’s permission in the conversation to delete the thread as well.

It’s Still Not Completely Private – I guess this is still not a huge issue, but just like the current messaging system, non-Facebook friends can still message you. That is unless you tweak your privacy settings and what not. The idea of Facebook is connect with people and friends that I know, not some random who wants to tell me how good (or bad) I look in my new profile picture.

Modern Messaging Means No Subject Lines – According to Facebook’s new guidelines, there will be no “formailities” such as subject lines to describe a conversation. So think about this, if there was a message you wanted to send to a friend asking them for a favour about an upcoming party you were both arranging, you couldn’t simply put a heading referring to the party and would instead have to add it on to your ever growing list of past conversations that started a year ago. Imagine how many messages you would have to filter through.

Taking all this into consideration, if you are still interested in Facebook Messages, be my guest. Request and invitation.

Source: PC World

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  • GPierson

    How about Three Reasons to Make Sure You Use the Right Form of 'its' in your lead sentence?

  • Nick

    The author of this has seemingly never used SMS(text messaging) on an iPhone or Android smartphone. From the description the "modern messaging" portion of these arguments seem to work in exactly the same way.