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The Inbox Tab

Clicking the Inbox tab displays the page shown in Figure 1.29.

Figure 1.29

Figure 1.29 The Inbox.

As you can gather from the name, the Inbox is how you handle messages in Facebook. The name is actually somewhat of a misnomer, because you send messages from here as well (although Inandoutbox doesn't have quite the same ring to it).

Five tabs are visible in Figure 1.29:

  • Inbox: Shows your inbound messages.
  • Sent Messages: Shows your sent messages.
  • Notifications: Shows your notifications, which happen when someone adds you as a friend or writes on your Wall.
  • Updates: Shows the updates Facebook wants you to know about.
  • Compose Message: Lets you create messages and send them.

Reading Messages

Want to read an entire message based on the summary you see in the Inbox? Just click the text of the message in the overview. A new page with the full message appears, as shown in Figure 1.30.

Figure 1.30

Figure 1.30 Examining a message in the Inbox.

You can type a reply and click Send to answer the sender.

Avoiding Spam

If you receive a message from someone who isn't your friend, you see the Report Message link when you read the message, as shown in Figure 1.30. You can use it to report a message as spam. Here's what Facebook's help topic on Report Message says:

  • "I was warned for sending spam messages.
  • "You received this warning because you sent messages that other users reported as spam. Facebook does not allow users to send messages promoting or advertising a product, service, or opportunity. In order to prevent this from happening in the future, please refrain from sending messages of this kind."

Obviously, you want to avoid spamming members using messages, or you could lose your Facebook account.

Reading Notifications

Also check out the Notifications tab, shown in Figure 1.31.

Figure 1.31

Figure 1.31 Some notifications.

Your news feed tells you what your friends are doing, your mini-feed tells your friends what you are doing, and your notifications tell you what's been happening to you.

Composing Messages

You can create and send messages by clicking the Compose Message tab, as shown in Figure 1.32.

Figure 1.32

Figure 1.32 Composing a message.

Type the name of a friend, a friend list, or an email address in the To: box. Enter the subject of the message in the Subject box and the body of the message in the Message box. Attach any videos or links you want, and click Send. Presto.

We're almost done with this foundation chapter. But what would an introduction to an online resource be without the help system?

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