For the last 6 years, Facebook has hidden hundreds of private messages that have been sent to me. Some were fans, some were friends, and many were job offers.
This discovery was a shock to me and I wrote a post about it on my Facebook wall. I quickly learned that about 50% of my Facebook friends already knew about this. I did a quick Google and Youtube search and thousands of results popped up about it. Apparently I had missed them all.
I wasn't the only person to have missed this news though. About 50% of my Facebook friends hadn't heard of this either and when they checked their own account, they too had missed tons of messages and in many cases job offers.
To find these hidden Facebook messages go to Facebook on a computer. Click on the messages icon at the top of the page. Click "Message Requests." You may find some hidden messages here. To find even more filtered messages click on "See filtered requests."
Although about half of my friends have already known about this strange filtering system, many of them forget to ever check it. After telling Mike Kelley about my discovery he said that he heard about this years ago but it had been 6 months since he checked it last. He had tons of unread messages. Here's a great one from a "fan" of his.
So even if you do know about this filtering system, this is a reminder to check it because chances are, people out there think you're purposefully snubbing them.
Obviously the readers of this website are probably much more tech savy than the average Facebook user so I would expect more of you to know about this than my Facebook friends but I am curious what percentage of you check this on a regular basis. Please fill out the poll below.