Yes, this would be excellent. Would love that out of the box.you could always setup a separate open fire network, then add a link to header. Run it off site so it keeps server load down but adds real time chat for those wanting it. And lets forum focus more on discussions.
Yes, this would be excellent. Would love that out of the box.
I think once a member base has IM functionality, the community will expand virally. Especially the active members a site gets. Members are attracted to the site whenever an IM alert is sent out or friends come online.