Nowadays, Facebook has become a part and parcel of our lives. Whether we check our email or not, whether we visit other social networks or not, if there is one things that each and every one of us constantly checks and updates, it is our Facebook presence. It would not be wrong to say that our Facebook presence defines our very existence.
Be that as it may, sometimes there can be too much of a good thing. This is true even of Facebook. In the spirit of things, we tend to join groups and associations that send us a number of messages each day. In the beginning, these messages are eagerly awaited. But over time, as it normally tends to happen, we get bored by the constant stream of messages. What started off as an eagerly anticipated daily update becomes a deluge of marketing information that we feel we can surely do without.
Think before you delete
Most of us put up with it for a while and some of us even take the step of deleting those groups that we no longer find value in. However, the one device that is employed by most people is the rather simple act of deleting messages. This is an instant act that doesn’t have major repercussions. Or does it?
Most of the messages and notifications we delete are trivial and not reason to be bothered. However, once in a while, it may so happen that the odd important message gets deleted as well. This can be quite inconvenient, not to mention irritating. So in the rare cases that this happens, what is the solution?
The advantage with a service provider like Facebook is that they invariably send you messages to your registered email account in case you get a new message. This depends on your settings, but in most cases, at least one message of any given thread makes its way to your inbox. This can easily be the first place to start with when looking to recover deleted messages.
The next place to look is in the messages archive. This lies at the bottom of your message list and often lists all messages. Most times, you can find deleted messages here. If you are still unable to locate and resurrect your deleted messages, don’t fret. Facebook has an official feature that will help you recover your lost or deleted messages.
The ‘secret’ recovery button
When you compose messages on Facebook, you would surely have come across the ‘+ Compose’ area. There is usually a yellow box, rather unobtrusively placed, below the compose area. This is where you will find an undo link that will help you recover your deleted messages and notifications. This also works for your status updates in addition to messages. This feature is not some trick or underhand method of recovering messages. Difficult as it may seem to believe, it is actually an official Facebook feature!
There is only one caveat though. This feature will not work if the message you are looking for was deleted a long time ago. While there is no official time limit specified, it may be safe to assume that any deleted post that is more than a couple of months old may be totally lost.