Messaging friends on Duolingo
Am I able to message my friends on Duolingo?
If you don't talk about the language your learning and just chat instead (which i've done several times) The discussions always get deleted in five mins or more. I finally stopped trying really. They only want you to talk about languages or talk in the language your learning. It's against the guide lines. If you set up a chat just for talking it will be deleted, Maybe you can for an hour or less but otherwise you can't. And if you keep doing it your account could get deleted also. Hope this helped :)
You know what we be an awesome idea? If Duolingo added the option to actually be able to privately chat with people who are learning the same language as you or fluently speak the language that you are trying to learn. This way you can maybe set up something through Skype where you can both practice and actually be able to hear each other speak. The only problem I see with this is that people may try to use that like it's a dating site (because it always happens that way), but that's why you would need a "report" button where you can report the user if they send you a nasty message or something.
There used to be a friend messaging feature (the activity stream, it was really useful as it could also be used to see new posts/comments on posts by your friends easily), but they deleted it a few months ago because its tech was getting old and strained the site.
In his original announcement Luis did promise a replacement will be added eventually, but as far as I know there has been no news or updates on this so far. :-(