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Emailing Friends from Facebook

Updated on March 2, 2015


You can not directly send an email to another person via Facebook. Within Facebook, you can send messages to people on your Friends List. These messages are similar to an email in that it is a private communication, however you have to log onto Facebook to send the message and they have to log onto Facebook to receive the message.

Messages can be sent to one friend or multiple friends just like a traditional email.  The can include photos and links.

To send a message:

Log on to

In the upper left of the screen you will see a small light blue image of cartoon conversation boxes on a darker blue bar.  Click on this image.

A drop down box will appear.  In the upper right of the drop down box, click on "Send a Message"

Email Notifications

One of the settings that each person can manage within their own Facebook profile is email notification. Each person has the option of telling Facebook to send them an email notification if they receive a message. If your friends have that turned on, they will receive an email from Facebook telling them that you sent them a message. That friend would then log onto Facebook to read the message.

Public vs. Private Communication

Before you begin communicating with your Friends on Facebook, it is important to know the difference between public and private communication. Facebook offers a private messaging option that I explained above. This "Messages" option is private like an email. Only the people you designate to receive the message will be able to see the message.

Facebook also offers public communication options. Essentially every other place where you can put information is a "public" communication. I put public in quotes because you are often offered an option to select the of level of publicness a communication is. Options may include people on your friends list, friends of friends and everyone. The most common places to communicate publicly include:

1. The "What's on your mind?" box at the top of your home page which posts that comment to your "Wall".

2. The comments from other people's walls that appear in your news feed allow you to comment back. Those comments are public.

3. Captions that you add to photos and photo albums that you post are public.

4. Comments you make on other people's photos are public.

5. Comments you make on an Event page are public.

6. There are many more, but hopefully you have gotten the point. Pretty much anything other than a "message" is public.


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