Facebook provides two ways to send messages to your friends. The first is via the profile page, also known as the Timeline, and this is visible to the recipient and anyone they have allowed to view their Timeline posts. This kind of post is best for messages that you don’t mind others reading, such as birthday wishes or quick hellos. The second option is through the private message system. As the name implies, these messages are visible only to you and your friend.

Post on a Friend’s Timeline

Step 1

Browse to your friend’s Facebook Timeline.

Step 2

Click inside the “Write Something” text box at the top of the Timeline.

Step 3

Type your message.

Step 4

Click the icons at the bottom of the text box to tag other friends in the post or add a date, location, photo or current activity.

Step 5

Click the “Post” button when you’re done.

Send a Private Message

Step 1

Browse to your friend’s Facebook Timeline.

Step 2

Click the “Message” button at the top of the Timeline.

Step 3

Type your note in the text box in the message window.

Step 4

Press the “Enter” key to send the message.