Good point. I'm not overly involved in social networking, and I'm definitely not involved in chat, so this didn't really occur to me. I didn't have to search very long before I found a mod
for just this thing and I imagine there are others. It would also be easy to customize and clean up those buttons.
I'm planning to sneak some time in for upgrading SoSZ (and SimRTK) to the latest version of phpBB soon. It actually isn't a time consuming process, but due to the size of the database it is important that I make sure I have enough time to dedicate however much may be necessary if something goes wrong (like the database incompatibility upgrading from phpBB 2 to 3). That'll be the perfect opportunity to make any template or layout changes.
Another thing I'd like to do is make the fact that SoSZ has a Facebook community a little more obvious.