Chatting On Facebook

You too can learn how to instant message on Facebook using the new Facebook Chat. It’s pretty easy to use and a faster way to communicate with FB friends. Before all you could do was write on a friend’s wall, send them a message or poke them, but within the last couple of years the popular social networking site has added an instant messaging capability.

If you’re already a Facebook user there’s nothing you have to download or install. All you need is an account to do it. Once you’ve logged in to Facebook then you should be automatically logged into Facebook Chat. Start chatting right away if you wish.

It shouldn’t be hard to locate the Facebook Chat application. At the bottom right corner you’ll find your FB page is your Facebook Chat tools. One of the first three tools is the online friends tool, which tells you which of your friends are online at the moment. The next tool, notifications, lets you know if you have any new Fb notifications. The third tool is the actual chat tool.

Before attempting to chat check see which of your friends is currently logged in to chat. The “Online Friends” tools located at the bottom of your page allows you to do so. You should see who has a green dot next to their name and who has a grey moon. The green dot means that the user is currently online and you can begin chatting with them when ready. A moon means the person hasn’t been online for 10 minutes or more.

If your friend has a green dot click on his or her name. A chat box should pop up and you can begin typing your message in it. Make sure to hit ‘Enter’ after you’re finished typing your message. This is how the message is sent. Now you have started a chat session.

Even when your Facebook friends are not online you can send them a message. Find their name on the list then click on it. If you leave them a message they will get it when they come back online. It will show up at the bottom of their browser when they return, and they should receive a message in their inbox. They are still notified of your message though so they can chat back.

Some people like to be able to hear a notification sound when they get a new chat message but others don’t. Some find it annoying after a while. If you prefer the message notification to be turned on silent just click on the chat menu and click on the settings link in the pop up bar. Here you can click on “Play Sounds for New Messages” to turn it on or off.

To make your chatting experience even more enjoyable, try using Facebook emoticons and smileys. There are quite a few to choose from. They’re cute and fun and easy to create. You’re probably familiar with the traditional smiley but there is a list of other customized emoticons for Facebook. As you learn how to chat learn the shortcuts for these cute characters.

Looking to find a complete list of Facebook emoticons, then visit www.facebookemoticons.com to find all of the emoticons for Facebook chat you can use.

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