Originally Posted by ToBeUsedToBE
this is probably the most suggested thing on pbn, but i think it hasnt been implemented because they dont want to turn pbn into a social networking site... not sure why...sns's make tons of money.
It has nothing to do with that. We don't have IM functionality like facebook, or AIM, or Gtalk because they all do it better. The amount of time it would take for me (the solitary developer) to develop such a system is such that it just doesn't make sense to reinvent the wheel.
Not to mention people "chatting" sort of detracts from the "forum model". People posting in threads is a permanent record of information exchange. Chat rooms or private chat is fleeting.