There are a number of different ways you can use the new Send a message function. Note in all the situations below that you have to be signed in to your Windows Live ID.
1. You’re viewing one of your friend’s Live Spaces. Find Send a message, click it, wait for the message page to come up and enter your message (using the text formatting tools if you want; you can even include a link to another site). webDotWiz is going to send his other self at Living on Waranga Basin a mess that he should move the module with Send a message to a more visible part of the page:
The left-hand side of the page above isn’t shown – it’s got two menu items: Inbox and Sent.
webDotWiz clicked Send at the top of the screenshot above and was returned to Living on Waranga Basin.
To read the message, webDotWiz will sign in under his other Live ID, load up his Waranga Basin space and click Home at the top right of the page. Or, he could go directly to his Waranga Basin space’s home page via a link like this:
where your_alias is your Live ID username.
2. You’re on your own Space and want to send a message to one of your friends: Go to your Friends List, hover over their profile pic and wait for the popup to appear. From the list of choices, choose Send a message. Sorry, it’s a bit hard to get a screenshot in OneNote’s Screen Clipper but then the steps are the same as above.
3. Send yourself a reminder: There may be occasions when you want to send a message as a reminder which you can read when you’re signed in on another computer (e.g., you’re at home and want to ask webDotWiz a question when you come into a webDotWizards session at the Rushworth Community House). Yes, webDotWiz knows there’s another way but everybody doesn’t have more than one Live ID to use offline messaging with Live Messenger.
Messaging in Live Spaces is going to be a real time-saver and is much, much, much easier and faster than emailing.