Recently, I was using Facebook and making use of the chatting or instant messaging option. In essence, that means privately chatting in real time on Facebook. I had been emailing a curator and I had even had a meeting with him. Although the meeting was good and he wanted to work together, I could not get a reply from him when I sent a follow- up email. He had asked me to send him emails but was probably too busy to answer
them. I wanted to make sure I would be working with him as planned, and then one day I was on Facebook and I saw that he was online and available to chat.” So I sent him a message, something like, “Hello, I wanted to ask you . . .” Just like that, in response to an unfinished sentence, he wrote back right away: “What can I do?” So through quick chatting in real time, we sealed the dates for an exhibit. Facebook chatting can be very useful this way.
Facebook chat is really a powerful little tool because it’s even more intimate than writing messages or emails. When you engage someone in a real-time conversation, it is like having them on the phone, because you can go back and forth very quickly. Once you have become friends with someone on Facebook, you can open the chat window to see if he or she or any of your friends are online at the moment. If they are online you can open up a chat with them by just saying hello or commenting on something that they have done recently. Can this be obnoxious? Yes, but so can email and anything else if you use it in an impolite or intrusive way. If your messages and chats are kind and sincere, you should be able to get kind, sincere responses from the people you are trying to reach. In the case I just mentioned, chatting helped me to seal a deal, which was very satisfying.
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