Instant Messaging is my favorite form of communication, because it allows me to talk to as many friends as I want from the privacy and comfort of my own home. You don't even need AOL (thank God) to enjoy it.
Half the fun of IMing people is using a variety of buddy icons to liven every text screen. The buddy icon I am currently using is of The Cheat from homestarrunner.com. The one I was using before that was of a blue condom. Before that, it was Chococat. And so on and so forth.
If your buddy icon is some shitty, generic one, or if you don't have one at all, why not check out a few that I made all by myself?
To use, save the icon of your choosing to your hard drive and go to the Edit Options option in your main IM window (the one with your buddy list). Choose Edit Preferences and click on the Buddy Icons option on the lefthand side. From there, it's pretty self-explanitory. Enjoy!