They discontintued chating with friends, but you can folllow people which is pointless cuz you can't talk to them and it makes you look like a stalker... whats up with that... GAG's features have gone done the tube.
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There hasn't been a chat function in a long time because Meebo was bought out.
As for changing Friends to Following... it's really a quick one word/one function to describe what you do regarding GAGers, Questions, Topics, and Articles. You Follow them.
Private messaging is still available.
If they've activated certain settings, they have to follow you in order for you to be able to send them a message or see their profile (which is private otherwise).
Otherwise, you can PM them just as you could before.
Following puts their activity in LIVE FEED whenever you filter.
For example, I filter by "Users I Follow" so I can see what they're doing and saying.
This information can always be found in our FAQ :-)