New Facebook emoticons & chat pictures
Before we start, take a long pleasant breath now and let your mind slip into a world of kindness and deep emotions. This article is not about Facebook. It's about sharing the enjoyment of life with other people. Whole Facebook is not about Facebook. Because what is it? A hundred billion dollar corporation? Why would you care? Connection with your friends, being able to express yourself, share what important, funny, or whatever worthwhile things you've got on your mind, that's important. (>‿◠)✌
So get into a well relaxed ergonomic posture, and don't let anyone bother you. Get yourself into the most enjoyable state of mind that you can, concentrate on my words and squeeze the most out of each. It's not only me who writes your experience. It's you too. Let's make this moment worthwhile. []
Hurray! Facebook added new emoticons!
I really pleasant surprises when they process what I thought they won't. Seeing something fresh inspires me. Just now I posted a coffe cup symbol ☕ to a friend and Facebook processed it into a lovely ☕ image, which I didn't know they have. This is what inspires me to find out Facebook messaging system's new features and write this article. Not to long in research, I found several fresh amazing new features that widen our possibilities of sharing emoticons in Facebook chat and personal message page. I thought of writing them in this sentence, but I figure it would be more intriguing for you to read along and open all the cards along the way. So no peeks too much below for your own pleasure. []
Symbols ➟ Images
It was a special pleasure to me as a fan of symbols to find that Facebook now recognises symbols. Not all of them, but after they've banned many symbols from being used in Facebook names, it is now the time that they've finally come to love symbols almost as much as I do. Put these "emoji" characters in Facebook comments (or private message, but they won't show to your friends if you're not sending them from Facebook app for smartphones/tablets) and they will become images, just like :) would become a Facebook smiley face.
Note, that big and small heart symbols become different emoticons. I like those symbols as plain text, but when they become slick and colorful it just amuzes me. There are a lot more Emoji symbols. You can use them with ease via Facebook's app on a handheld device (clip button in text field in iOS app), or you can choose them in this tool I made. BTW, check out all of the cool symbols!
Icon art from symbols
With these symbols we can arrange some interesting patterns and make whole "smiley pictures" in the same way that we make text pictures using plainly symbols. With a tool I made, you can make your own special pattern and simply choose where you want what kind of icon made from symbol. Check it out, it's pretty cool and it works awesomely and looks originally in FB comments.
Chat Stickers for Web & iPad
With their app for iPad, Facebook had released what it called "chat stickers", easily sendable beautiful images, most of which depict some emotions, states of being, or activities, but do it better than good-old smileys do. Sending these images is as easy as making two clicks. I first made an extension for Chrome that added "sticker" choosing to the Facebook's smiley chooser, but Facebook had later added this functionality by default, so now you don't have to install any plugin.
Classical emoticon set
These work in both, chat and comments.