Man that .gif, haven't seen that for a while.
I really don't see this that useful, because you can check new threads and replies by clicking "Unread" and "Replies" links. And of course there is "All Unread Topics" link as well.
About the chatbox, there is no good place for that. If you really want to chat with us, join in to Skype group, since as far as I know, everyone can join there! Also check this
, in case you really want to talk with us (since you're the one who suggested this).
OR, become active here on forums.
Damn I wrote much.