Lately, Facebook has been releasing a lot of new features, including some updates to its existing features. First we saw the announcement of the Facebook plugin for WordPress, followed by a “Call” button placed below the user’s cover photo in order to popularize the video chatting feature.
We then saw a new feature that shows activity of recently logged in friends, along with the new notification control that lets you opt out of useless notification from the drop down menu – a much needed feature. And not to forget, Facebook has also acquired the facial recognition technology company face.com with the deal closing somewhere between $55 and $60 million.
Interestingly, all of these features (including the acquisition) were released during this month itself. Those are a lot of new releases in a single month. However, that doesn’t stop right there. Today, the social networking giant made a post from its Facebook Tips account announcing the introduction emoticons to its desktop chat.
You can now easily add smiley faces and other emoticons to a conversation when you’re chatting with your friends. Look for the icon in the bottom right corner of your chat window and emote away.
Emoticons aren’t new to Facebook, however, the emoticons menu is something that wasn’t available before, and was a highly required detail for chatting. Earlier users had to smiley type in the smiley code, which then used to get converted to an emoticon automatically. This, however, did not show the list of emoticons supported in the chat, leading to which some of the users simply had guess the code to see if it worked or not.
Having realized the need of an emoticon menu (for better communication and adding appropriate emoticons), Facebook has introduced this new menu to its chat windows. Additionally, Facebook has added the “like” icon (thumbs-up icon), which users can use it by simply typing (y) – including parentheses.
Sadly, the kiss emoticon has gone missing. Perhaps Facebook does not want its users to kiss-kiss while chatting ;) However, users can still use it by typing the code :-*
The new emoticon menu is available in the desktop chat application (also within Facebook chat window), while it is unclear if Facebook is going to add the same to any of its mobile apps. Also, emoticons are not available on status updates. However, considering the rate at which Facebook is releasing such tiny updates, emoticons for status updates is very likely.