How can i get close to this girl again?

so i asked this question http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AhJ9_q4IqwUuglUZG9lrnKvsy6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20100803221739AAMBtMa and i decided i want to go for it. I'm just a little nervous and unsure on what to do. I mean i don't want to just come out at her like out of the blue. What I'm... show more so i asked this question
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and i decided i want to go for it. I'm just a little nervous and unsure on what to do. I mean i don't want to just come out at her like out of the blue. What I'm thinking now is that I might just im her the next time i see that she's on facebook and say something like. "hi, i haven't talked to you in a while. How have things been going since graduation?" Then I'd thank her for being there for me back in high school. Then i guess I'd see how she responded and then I think i might ask her if she wants to hang out sometime. like a just friends thing because i don't want to freak her out and then maybe gradually I'd let her know i was interested in something a bit more than just being friends. or would that be a bad idea and should i just be clear about my intentions from the get-go? I'm really confused on what to do right now any advice or input would be great.
Update: you kinda need to read the link so this question makes sense.
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