One thing I've always wanted and maybe you know if it's possible: is to have status changes reflect within an instant message conversation. Back in the day (several Yahoo! versions ago) this was what would happen: You'd be typing to person M and when they'd change their status, it'd show you the update within the text. I miss this feature. Yes, I know it shows it above the message box but I just wondered if this feature was somehow able to be added back or impossible.
I know you wanted ideas with more content or something really useful but I decided to give this a try.
If I think of anything more productive, I'll let you know.
I told my psychiatrist that everyone hates me. He said I was being ridiculous - everyone hasn't met me yet.