Chapter 9. Exchanging Private Messages

The whole goal of Facebook and social networking is to... well, to network socially. And in this context, socially means publicly, which is where we get Facebook’s very public status updates, Wall postings, and the like.

But what if you see an old friend online and want to drop a more private note? What if you have something to say that you don’t want the whole world to see? Do all your Facebook communications have to be public ones?

The answer, of course, is no; Facebook doesn’t force you into all-public communication. There’s a way to send private messages on Facebook, which is how you establish more personal relationships with your friends.

Understanding Facebook’s Messages System

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