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Conversations are meant to be personal and human. Being able to quickly chat is great, and the built in Gtalk for Gmail is a good example of a quick and dirty IM client. But the new Yahoo! Messenger re-humanizes IM conversations. It provides a rich experience around instant messaging that makes it feel more personal and more engaging. You’re supposed to have that emotional attachment when you talk to someone and it’s the little transitions, flow, and animations that help restore that humanity. I know it sounds cheesy, but this application brings a lot of the human element back to chatting for me because of it’s user experience. That’s part of what RIAs are all about: more natural experiences through user interface.