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Messaging involves a person or group of people communicating to a specified person or group of people in a format that is most often presented chronologically, with the list of participants or recipients usually featured prominently in proximity to the messages. It is usually symmetric in that recipients can send messages to the sender and the same group of other recipients.

Contrast to posts which often have a very fluidly defined audience and asymmetric comments or replies, and are likely to be viewed individually or in no defined order.

Contrast to chat rooms where participants often join or leave mid-conversation and the target of each message is the chat room itself rather than specifically the people in the room.