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The only thing you need to do is block the URL: facebook.com/ajax/mercury/change_read_status.php For Chrome, use the extension "FB unseen" which blocks the URL (full disclosure: I wrote this extension). If you want, with a little work you can use almost any adblocker to achieve this. But with "FB unseen" you can "Mark as read" whatever you want, so you can ...


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Okay I have found the solution to block this status. Basically Facebook uses a timer and so it will send a heartbeat message to their servers with the idle time every x minutes. Here is an example of such web request: https://1-edge-chat.facebook.com/pull?channel=userid&seq=0&partition=-2&clientid=18ae8ecc&cb=ie3k&idle=117&qp=y&...


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In AdBlock Plus or a similar extension that can use ABP filters, simply add the ff. as a custom filter, which will disable the other party from receiving the 'seen by' notification: facebook.com/ajax/mercury/change_read_status.php$xmlhttprequest Another option is the SocialReviver extension (available for Firefox, Opera, RockMelt and Chrome), which ...


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Privacy Settings > Ads, Apps and Websites > Edit Settings How people bring your info to apps they use > Edit Settings ✓ If I'm online > Save Changes Facebook.com - Privacy settings


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Facebook Messenger statuses aren't accurate. My fiancé and I had the same problem. When he says he's going to work but yet after a couple of hours it'll still say he's "active now". As he never brings his phone to work, I called his work place and confirmed he arrived on time and was clearly working. There are a few times that both of us are in the same room ...


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Seen means that your message was loaded to the browser AND was visible to the user. If the tab was minimized or inactive at the time that the message was sent the message will not be marked as seen. Messages are marked as seen through AJAX in a javascript function. I traced the function call, and it is being made somewhere on line 221 of http://static.ak....


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If you see text 1/2/3 in a small red cloud in the Envelope icon(Notification) in the top-blue bar & you click that, and preview the message, Message will NOT be marked as read. To simplify, Until you actually Go to Messages, click that Specific Message and see it in FULL, no message will be marked as Read. Unread messages always have a faint blue ...


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An alternative method, is to use the Pidgin chat client instead. The settings you need are: Protocol: XMPP Username: [your current Facebook username] (see step 1) Domain: chat.facebook.com Currently, you’ll need a Facebook Username (ie, facebook.com/mikeknoop). Open up Pidgin, Click Accounts, then Manage Accounts. Now click Add. Fill in the Basic tab with ...


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I mostly use the mobile website http://m.facebook.com/messages Besides the chat functionality of course, it gives me: Cross platform access without being dependent on installation rights. No Facebook icon in my taskbar (annoying if you're working at consultancy). No Windows notifications when you have a new message. Quick access to my timeline ...


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Go to your Account Settings and select Notifications from the left pane. Now you can see the Notification Settings page: https://www.facebook.com/settings?tab=notifications&section=Facebook&view Select "You'll receive: All notifications, except the ones you unsubscribe from" and click "Turn On" next to "Messages" under "You've unsubscribed from ...


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Update: Click on the "gear" icon in the right-upper corner of the chat window; Click on Turn off chat. Or Click on the "gear" icon in the right-upper corner of the chat window; Click on Advanced Settings...; In the new window, click on Turn off chat; Click Save. 1. Click on the "gear" icon in the right-bottom corner; 2. Click on Available to Chat to ...


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Here's exactly how to do it: To start, go to http://m.facebook.com/messages/ Then click the person you want to see the first message with. right click the ”See older messages” button and click “open in new tab” or something that relates to that depending on what browser you use. Now, the link will appear in a new tab and it should look something ...


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You cannot. There is no option to turn it off with Facebook UI. Workarounds Theoretically, you could kill all internet connections on clicking the message icon and prevent Facebook from using an event listener to check when you opened the message. Going by this assumption, I'm saying that the read receipt shouldn't fire until you actually open a message ...


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Based on comments I know that you don't have any other devices connected (which is a big first thing to check if others have this problem in the future). And you have tried the 'traditional' turn off chat: This is not a duplicate of How can I log out of Facebook chat?. It says “Turn off chat” on that question's answer but I say “I turned off chat but ...


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If you are logged in to Facebook I think you should see (having scrolled down) something like: The 'gear box' is the one labelled Options in the image and you would need to select it and Turn on chat.


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I also have this problem, where Facebook keeps signing me back into chat after I go offline. I found a reasonable, though not perfect, workaround: Go to the "advanced settings" of the chat sidebar, choose the option "Only some friends see you...", and fill in one name only. Choose a person that you're OK with him/her seeing when you're online (I chose my ...


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Some browser extensions or websites may also trigger Facebook activity. Or mouse movement if he is using Pidgin or an XMPP messenger.


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No absolute way actually. The best bet is to remember your first message and then search it on the search bar of that conversation. Even if you don't remember, a simple search with hi will save you ~50 scroll ups(As I'm assuming they'll show the first occurrence of hi as the result). P.S. I found my first message to a thread with thousands of messages ...


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I have started receiving notifications again! Like others, I did not have any options in notification settings that related to emailing messages. It looks like Facebook integrated chat with messaging. I discovered that when logging into Facebook, missed messages would appear as chat windows. After turning off Chat (chat window > bottom right > settings cog)...


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They only support client to server XMPP, not server to server XMPP. http://developers.facebook.com/docs/chat/: Facebook Chat should be compatible with every XMPP client, but is not a full XMPP server. So you can use any XMPP client for the Facebook Chat, but you can only chat with other Facebook users. Which is a pity. Welcome to the 90s.


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You could either use THIS FIREFOX Extension OR You can download all of your facebook data via facebook itself! Here's a quote from the facebook help button>search: "download" How can I download my information on Facebook. You can download your information from the Account Settings page. Click at the top right of any Facebook page and select ...


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Facebook does not delete old messages/conversations that haven't been active in years. (my oldest one: 2007-05-30). Note that at that time people often used to post on walls to discuss even private matters.


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Is there a character limit on Facebook private/direct messages? The limit is 20,000 characters. Does this differ when submitting a message on a mobile device as opposed to a regular desktop browser - or on the message page as opposed to the chat window that appears in the corner of the screen? This is either something only a Facebook engineer will know ...


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Here's how I get around it using Android Chrome: Go to m.facebook.com Click on the Chrome menu dropdown on the far right of the address bar Toggle the "Request desktop site" option Now click on the FB messages tab You may not have the desktop site option depending on your phone. I'm not aware of any other way to do this.


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From Facebook Help Center: No, sent messages can't be unsent or removed from the person's inbox. Depending on the persons's notification settings, they may also receive your message as an email notification. Keep in mind that deleting a conversation from your inbox won't delete it from your friend's inbox. It isn't possible to delete sent or received ...


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Another Chrome extension: Facebook™ Chat Privacy Facebook Read Status Disabler automatically blocks "seen" + "is typing" status confirmations in Facebook Chats and Messages. The extension has overwhelmingly positive reviews at the Chrome web store.


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You can use Facebook's very own messenger webapp: https://www.messenger.com/ As @Peter stated, you can already use a Multi-IM client. Just wanted to point out that there are many already around: Trillian Adium (Mac only) Pidgin E.g.: in Trillian there's already a Facebook plugin integrated, so you just need to provide your username (and you'll see the ...


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Opening the "Preview" (Chat icon in the top bar) does not trigger the read receipt, neither does going to facebook.com/messages/. But opening the conversation (facebook.com/messages/?action=read&tid=id.123456789) by clicking on the message or opening the chat window sets the "seen" flag and Person A will see it although B is offline. Source: Just tested


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This is what Facebook officially says ╔═══════════════════╤══════════╤═══════════════════════════════════════════════════╗ ║ Format │ Example │ Instructions ║ ╠═══════════════════╪══════════╪═══════════════════════════════════════════════════╣ ║ Italic │ _Text_ │ Type an underscore before and ...


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Unfortunately your solutions might be the best ones, although if you are using Chrome, there might be a way to use the Inspect Element dashboard to pull the chat text. Right-click on the chat window and select Inspect Element. You will see all of the rendered tags from the page, and the chat messages will appear there, all with the class: <div class="...


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