Anthony, the software does allow instant messaging. There are several options. One is for AOL and ICQ etc type instant message systems but the other person needs to have this as well to communicate with them. The other is the Private Message system with in the software itself. You can access this either through the User Control Panel or at the top right hand side of the monitor you will see a hyperlink saying ' Private Messages' Click this and it will take you to that area to send a message to any one on the forum. They will get a pop up notice and an email informing them there is a Private Message for them. You can also leave a note for them but this is not private and will be viewable by any one who goes to your Profile.
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