Also can we talk about the little blue ">>" link? And by talk about it, I mean YELL ABOUT HOW FUCKING ANNOYING IT IS!!
Nick Denton has written two posts for product.kinja about Kinja Group Chats and conversational circles. It kind of looks like something's going to change and we all might be talking in little groups to each other or shouting in a closet or something. It's not really clear because other than the product.kinja and Valleywag, I haven't seen it in the wild and the fixed-width sidebar makes it kind of hard to read because the formatting is so messed-up.
ETA: I've added a Kinja Help tag to this post, so they'll be aware of the formatting thing.