Facebook is about to make it a lot easier for you to message with people you aren't friends with yet, so sliding in the DMs might be a thing of the Twitter past and the Facebook future.
Today, Facebook's David Marcus announced that Messenger would roll out Message Requests in a post - where else? - on Facebook.
"Forget phone numbers!" David writes. "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."
It all has to do with where you will see messages from people who aren't your Facebook friends.
Do you know about the "Other" folder that you could only see when you opened Facebook in your web browser? No? Hardly anybody does. It's where messages from strangers would be stored, never to be seen because no one knew about it. Sidenote: If you've never checked it, you might want to do so now...we found some pretty hilar messages hidden away!
Now, messages from randoms will go to a "Message Request" folder at the top of the Messenger app, and you can decide whether you want to answer or ignore them forever. The best part? The viewer can't tell if you've opened the message or not, so it's a little less awkward if you add them to your block list. If you do respond, the thread will just go to your regular inbox.
Get ready for a lot more of this...