This is an updated version of this article. This article was originally posted on 2011-03-31 12:47:47.
Don’t you just hate it when you get included in a mass Facebook email message from someone on Facebook, and then lots of other people start replying, and you get all of those replies? When you find yourself swimming in Facebook message replies to a Facebook message thread that you never even requested, do you find yourself wondering how to unsubscribe to the message thread – how to stop Facebook messages – how to stop receiving all those replies? How to leave the conversation? Well, here’s how.
First, what you need to know is that Facebook has recently rolled out a new messaging system, that is taking the place of their old messaging system. On your end Facebook messages to you will still appear in the same place – right at the top, with the dialogue balloon:
..but the messaging infrastructure that Facebook is using is changing.
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Here’s what Facebook says about this new messaging system:
So, why should you care about the new Facebook messaging system? Because, it’s your ticket to being able to stop those Facebook messages. Upgrading to the new messaging system is how you can also unsubscribe from those infernal, eternal mass replies to that mass Facebook message that you got.
If you haven’t already upgraded, you may see an announcement from Facebook at the top of all your message area pages, which allows you to upgrade.
If you don’t see that message, and you haven’t already upgraded to the new Facebook messaging system, you can request an invitation to upgrade to the new Facebook messaging system here.
That link will take you to this page, where you can request an invitation at the bottom of the page:
Once you are all upgraded, leaving (or unsubscribing from) a Facebook message thread is easy. Just go to the message thread, and click on the new “Actions” drop down that you will see in the upper right-hand corner. That drop down gives you a list of actions you can perform on that particular message thread, including “Leave conversation” (and also including the rather scary “Add recipients”).
Here’s what it looks like:
Of course, this doesn’t address the initial problem that got you into the message thread in the first place: friends (or “friends”) to send out mass messages through Facebook. But Facebook has included a way to handle that too. It’s called the “Unfriend” link at the bottom of that friend’s Facebook page.
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