If you’re a fan of emoticons, great news! You now can enjoy many more options for using emoticons on Twitter and Facebook. If you’re not a fan of emoticons, well, sorry about that because you’re probably going to be seeing a lot more of them soon.
According to The Wall Street Journal, a recent report by Twopcharts said that 44% of the 974 million existing Twitter accounts have never posted a tweet. While there are always going to be people who only visit Twitter to read, Twitter needs users to tweet so there will be engagement.
Perhaps Twitter is trying to encourage people to share more with its recent change enabling emoticons, a/k/a emojis, to be viewed in tweets by people using the website. Instead of being restricted to boring punctuation to express your emotions, you can now use illustrated emoticons to convey your feelings.
Emoticons used to appear only in the Twitter app for iOS (iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch) and Android, but would be translated into empty boxes on Twitter’s website. Now you can use your emoticons on your mobile keyboard and have them appear on your tweets, whether your tweeps are using Twitter on their computers or their phones.
Now a smiley face that used three characters : – ) only uses one 🙂 .
Unfortunately, when tweets are embedded or viewed on TweetDeck, emoticons still turn into black boxes
To take full advantage of this new capability, use your emoticon keyboard on your mobile device. See, Emoticons: To < 3 or Not to < 3? for a full explanation of how to use emoticons.
With Facebook you have a variety of choices to spice up your messages using emoticons and stickers. Have fun with Facebook by adding emoticons to your posts and chats.
Facebook has a hidden treasure trove of emoticons available on its website. You can insert emoticons into your Facebook comments and status updates by using codes such as (y) for a thumbs up/Like or a < 3 for a heart ♥.
A full list of Facebook emoticon codes can be found at Symbols & Emoticons. Just copy the code under the emoticon you want to use from that website and paste it into your status update or comment on Facebook.
You can also use your mobile emoticon keyboard when you’re on the Facebook mobile app and the emoticons will appear in your posts on the Facebook website and in the Facebook app.
Even more lively than emoticons on Facebook are stickers. You can spice up Facebook by using Facebook Stickers, animated characters to illustrate your message.
To get Facebook stickers on your computer, open a chat box by clicking on the Message icon at the top of Facebook:
Then click on Send a New Message, or you can add a new message or an existing Chat. Click on the Smiley Face at the bottom right side of the text window.
A box will open and you’ll see basic emoticons, but you can easily add to your collection for more fun. Click on the shopping basket in the upper right corner of the box and start shopping in the Sticker Store!
You can choose from groups of Stickers, such as Despicable Me, Hacker Girl/Boy, Snoopy, and many more adorable characters. Fill up your Facebook with all of them or just choose your favorites.
See, Mashable’s 26 Bizarre Chat Stickers You’ll Never Use
After you add sticker groups to your Facebook account you can use them in Chat and in posts. To use them, click on the smiley face on the right of the text box and your sticker groups will appear in a sliding tool bar at the top of the chat box.
Click on the group you want, then choose the sticker you want to use. When you click on the sticker it will be sent immediately to the friend(s) you’re chatting with, it won’t appear in the middle of a message.
You can search for a sticker you want based on keywords, such as “dancing” or “birthday”.
You can also use Facebook stickers in the Facebook Messenger mobile app.
Open the Messenger app, then open a chat box. To the right of the text box you’ll see a happy face. Tap the happy face then tap the shopping cart to shop in the Sticker Store. You can add any group of stickers to your Messenger app for free.
To use them, tap on the happy face icon in the text box, choose the group you want to use, then tap on the sticker you want to send. As with Chat on the computer, Messenger will send the sticker instantly.
Do you like emoticons? Are you more likely to tweet now that you can use illustrated emoticons on Twitter? Have you seen any emoticons on Twitter? Have you ever used Facebook stickers? Let us know in the Comments section below!