Can You Send Somebody a Message on Facebook Without Being Friends With Them?

by Aaron Wein

Depending on a person's privacy settings, you may not be able to view much of anything on his Facebook profile if you aren't friends with him. As long as you can find a person, however, you can send a private message to him. This feature comes in handy if you want to check in with someone before sending a friend request, possibly to confirm the person's identity. It can also be helpful to get to know a person before befriending them on the social networking website.

1

Log in to Facebook and navigate to the person's profile page.

2

Select the "Message" button.

3

Type your message into the "Write a Message" field.

4

Select "Send" to send the message to the person.

Tips

  • check You can also send a message from your inbox. Select "Messages" in the left-hand pane after logging in to Facebook to open your inbox. Select "+ New Message" and type the name or email of the person you want to message. Type your message and choose "Send."
  • check Depending on a person's message settings, he may receive your message in the "Other" folder if you aren't friends with him, decreasing the chance he'll read the message.
  • check You can search for people by typing a person's name in the "Search for People, Places or Things" field.

About the Author

Aaron Wein is a copy editor for Skagit Valley Publishing. He has been a writer and editor since 2004, contributing to Washington-based publications and clients such as the "Bellingham Herald," "Western Athletics," "GNAC Sports" and Microsoft. Wein obtained a bachelor's degree in journalism from Western Washington University.

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