group messages or direct picture upload yes (even though I probably still would use links just because I wanna have control over them) but not a fan of the message read thing. only as optional request like you can do it in vBulleting and other forums...
I don't mind the ideas. However, what exactly are you saying with the "send pictures instead of links" part? I would love the idea to have a clickable hyperlink shown in our messages, should we want to view a photo, instead of having to copy and paste the link every time. However, I do not think being able to see the photo in the messages like we can on our opinions would always be a good idea. For normal conversations, sure, but many users would be seeing unsolicited dick pic otherwise.
A Facebook update? Cool I want the pic showing update but I don't know about that message read thing. I'm a slow typer and I gotta collect my thoughts so I don't wanna have to deal with this shit: memecrunch.com/.../image.png?w=400&c=1
in all honesty I'm fine with it as is, id just like all notifications in general to be live. having to refresh all the time is annoying, plus i do forget or just have to put time aside just for answering messages.