I found it tremendously difficult to express myself in instant messaging. I don’t get most of the smileys and couldn’t bring myself to use it because I have this feeling that the other party might not get it too. (By the way, I am not too wrong about that; I asked.)
I tend to either use a lot more adjectives or I type LIKE KANYE WEST. I PUT MORE EXCLAMATION MARKS THAN USUAL TOO!!! Also found myself using more punctuation to represent pauses in speech, or something.
Perhaps it’s overdone but there’s no way to better represent intent when left with just lines and lines of text. Everything seemed less exciting on instant messaging.