Your online favorites are noted above with a star icon. The number inside of the star shows how many favorites are currently online & you can easily initiate a chat with anyone in this list who is available to chat by simply clicking on the chat icon next to their name.
As Dave mentioned, this change was to make the chat feature available to all members. The previous setup did not allow must smartphone or tablet users to utilize the chat feature at all since it had been Flash based. Since the chat feature is now available to more people, more devices and the need to be tied down to a computer while chatting has been eliminated, it is our hope that it will be easier to get in touch with others via chat.
If there is anything that you used to be able to do on the site - that you feel that you are no longer able to do, due to a change in the interface; please do not hesitate to ask anyone in the forums and or CM members itself. It has been my experience that they all are very helpful in addressing the problems that are brought to their attention.
If you haven't already noticed in life..sometimes Change is required for things to improve.. and you have to give it time to see the benefit.
You came to that conclusion because CM moved the favorites icon from the bottom right hand corner of your screen to the top right corner?
The old chat system was available only to those using either a laptop or desktop computer while the new chat system is available on ALL devices, including Android & Apple smartphones, Android & Apple tablets, Kindles, laptops and desktops.