Ending an IM conversation

I always feel like I am ignoring someone at the end of an instant messaging conversation. I’ve been using IM for 8 years (mostly AOL instant messenger, but also our work version of IM) and yet, when it comes to the end of a conversation, it always feels awkward. You always wonder if the other person is expecting a reply. And yet, it feels rude to cut off the conversation directly. I think when you can physically hear someone’s voice you  pick up and send cues that help you both acknowledge that you are nearly done talking. How do you end an IM session?

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