UPDATE: This method is obsolete, but it still works! There’s an easier way in my opinion, but it’s up to you which way you like more!
Although I haven’t figured out how to save a full chat message with someone, after about a whole lot of time fiddling around, I figured out how to see the first 100-200 messages! It’s actually pretty easy, and of course, since this is a how to guide, it just so happens that I’m going to show you how to do this yourself. To start, go to http://m.facebook.com/messages/ (Yes, I do realize this is the mobile version of Facebook for phones.) Then click the person you want to see the first message with. Here, you’ll see the latest messages with them. Before discovering this trick, I would click “See older messages” until my computer would crash. But that’s not a very effective way of getting to the first message when there’s over 50,000 logged and it only cues 60 at a time and only 7-10 on the mobile version. To avoid this, 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 like this:
From here, all you have to do is change the “start=52695” (yours will be another number) to ”start=a low number like 200” And that’s it! You will still have to click ”See older messages” a bit to get through those 100-200 messages, but it’s nothing compared to going through 50,000 messages first! Now, I wasn’t so lucky. I can’t see the first message because Facebook chat only saved the messages starting on April 14th, 2010 and I got a Facebook in late 2009. But it’s still a marvel to see how awkward you were with someone, or to see how you spoke to someone back then, and how much you’ve grown closer to them. Sometimes, talking with someone can evolve from a “hey” “hey” “sup” “nmjc u?” to entire paragraphs and pages where you don’t even say hey, but rather, jump right into talking with the person and this is a great way to see how much you’ve grown.
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