You can only message with people you follow and are following you. Give it some time to meet people and you will get some followers. Try to answer some questions and you will get noticed. That's how it works. Good luck !
Well I could message you unless you followed me then when I follow you, I can write something to you :/
I find it annoying that after being messaged the number stays at 1 like i still have unchecked messages or something.