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Even if you don't actually click on the message to open it?

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The moment you click 'mark as read'..it will be notified to the other person as 'seen so and so time' ..I've experimented..no need to doubt..whether you view the message and later mark as unread or you don't view the message at all but simply mark it as read..either way it'll show 'seen' to the other person..

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I am afraid not. The seen notification only works when you have opened the message.

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Any references you can cite here? – batpigandme Jul 10 '13 at 14:31

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