Facebook is getting serious about its sticker collection, after it quietly introduced branded stickers from Lego, just days after it added a new like sticker pack for its users.
Facebook stickers, the extra-large emoticons mobile users have been throwing into Facebook chats for a while now, are now also available on the web version of Facebook.
Using stickers is simple: start a chat with someone, click on the emoticon icon in the lower right corner of the chat window, choose the sticker you like and click it to send it to that person.
When you chat via instant messenger clients, do you add smileys? Do you also like to add other emoticons to let people know when you’re hungry, bored, stressed and the rest? If so, you’ll probably enjoy using Facebook’s new stickers. These honestly-not-at-all-just-like-an-emoticon images are the latest craze for Facebook IM and they’re quite a bit of fun. How different are they from regular emoticons? Well, just you wait and see.
In fairly recent news, Facebook released chat stickers for the Facebook web client. For some reason this has been huge news, despite chat stickers being around on the iOS and Android clients for a few months now. Why? Well, because they’re fun. And now you can try them out, regardless of your mobile device and preferred OS. So, let’s take a look.
How Do I Use Chat Stickers?
Using Facebook chat stickers is really simple. When you’re chatting to a friend, click on the smiley face at the bottom-right of the composer box. A choice of sticker packs will come up and you can choose firstly which pack to use, then which sticker to send. The sticker is sent instantly to your friend.
How Can I Get Free Chat Stickers?
To get more stickers, click on the shopping cart icon instead of choosing a sticker collection. At the moment, there are many sticker packs available for free. In time, no doubt paid chat stickers will become available too.
Adding sticker packs will give you easy access to the sticker styles you like best from the numerous cute sticker packs available. You will then be able to quickly add stickers to IM chats from all of your favourite sticker collections.
More Ways To Get Chat Stickers
There are already private sites for getting more chat stickers, developed between Facebook’s mobile release and web release of chat stickers. One selection of custom chat stickers is available as the ChatStickers Chrome extension.
It’s aimed at Reddit fans, featuring AdviceAnimals pictures, memes and rage faces, and reaction faces. As far as reasons for using stickers go, this gets to the heart of it. When you need the perfect response to something a friend has said, you now have Reddit-style reaction faces on hand to respond appropriately in a matter of seconds.
The ChatStickers Facebook Page both enlightens readers as to the concept of “Hidden Stickers” and exposes stickers for what they really are: Just pictures. On their page there are a number of sticker images with instructions on how to use it as a hidden sticker. You share the image as a private message, and voila! It’s a sticker. Now, just think about this. You can do that with any image you like. Yes, hidden stickers are images you can’t yet find in a Facebook sticker collection.
Facebook Chat Stickers Vs. Emoticons
So, why is Facebook suddenly going crazy with stickers instead of leaving us be with our old friends, the emoticons? Well, I think it’s to do with the size of the images and the resulting colour injected into messages. I think also, with the new addition of images in comments, that we will soon be able to put stickers into regular Facebook comments too.
Stickers are different than emoticons. They’re detailed illustrations of characters with personality. Sending stickers is a way to share how you’re feeling with your friends. When you tap a sticker, it automatically sends it to the friend you’re chatting with. – Facebook
What’s the real difference between the two? Well, emoticons rest in-line with your text and can sometimes be typed in by using the right combination of characters, eg. will turn into a smiley emoticon. Stickers can’t be invoked via text and are sent as a separate line to text.
If you’re mid-way through typing something in Facebook web chat and you send a sticker, your text will still be waiting for you in the composer section, unsent. This is not always the case with the mobile clients though. Some of them have been known to delete your text if you send a sticker while you’re typing.
Conclusion: Will Facebook Stickers Stick?
In short, Facebook stickers are really just images. What makes sticker packs useful and fun though, is that they’re colourful and expressive in much the same way as emoticons are, yet they are bigger than emoticons, not sent in-line with text and are more varied in nature. Adding your favourite sticker packs means you have quick access to cute images which you can send in response to conversations with friends. And why not?
Facebook launched a new beta version of its Android app that is available to the members of the “Facebook for Android Beta Testers” group. Aside from few bug fixes, this release also packs several handy enhancements like animated stickers for some of the categories (like Pusheen, Beast and Anooki) in the Messenger function. This has already been available in the iOS app and we’re glad to see it being ported to Android, as well.
Another new feature is for Facebook Home users, allowing them to control music playback right from the lock screen. Yup, this means that you won’t have to unlock the phone, start the music app and then go to the next song — with this capability, you can do that while your phone is still locked.
All in all, we like how Facebook keeps making its mobile offering better with the day. If you’re still not part of the “Facebook for Android Beta Testers” group, perhaps now’s the time to join and get new features before the rest of the world manages to try them out…
The social media giant has made a lot of changes that have caused uproars over the years. But this latest atrocity–horrifically ugly, giant emoticons–takes the cake, says Winston Ross.
The other day I was Facebook chatting with an old and dear friend of mine who has taken it upon herself to become more… cheery, in electronic communication. After a few cheery minutes, something horrible happened. She showed me a new feature on Facebook, and it’s worse than any other new feature the Privacy Robber Barons of The Internet have ever introduced.
Some background: This friend is on an admirable and perpetual quest for self-improvement due to her history of, let’s call it “blunt,” communication. In person, her unfiltered comments mostly work because she’s hilarious. Even when she says something like “You’re fat,” (she told me that once; I was pretty chubbers at the time) she follows up with some kind of disarming addendum (“but not as fat as Fat Albert”) that is usually funny enough to get you to overlook the original offensive comment.
But in text messaging and chat, this is a harder thing to pull off. Harder because what often reminds this blunt and funny friend of mine that she needs to make a funny follow-up comment is the blank, stunned look on the face of whoever received that first jab. In chats and texts, there’s no stunned look. No way to know if she’s just crushed someone’s soul. Even brusk replies to inquiries or invitations can hurt the cyberfeelings of the more (hyper?) sensitive of her friends.
She has come to realize that it’s a modern requirement for her to add some kind of reassurance to just about every kind of digital communication, lest people think she hates them or is just pure evil. Among the options: “xoxo” (nauseating), exclamation marks (one-dimensional), and emoticons (fun!) Which brings us to my startling discovery.
A couple days ago, I Facebook chatted her to ask if she and her fiancé wanted to join me for dinner that night.
She was matter-of-fact and not even the slightest bit rude, but clearly felt compelled at some point to add “mmmmmmmmmmmm that sounds so good!” explaining that her “text tone keeps getting ‘needs improvement’ scores from people. I look at it like letters strung together to form information. but i need more smileys.”
After I threw in a couple more smiley faces and exclamation points, she did something I have never seen anyone do before. Up in my little chat window popped the biggest emoticon I have ever seen. It was literally 20 times bigger than my smiley face, and instead of just dots for eyes, it had hearts and a big open mouth with a pink tongue. It basically took up the whole chat box.
I wrote back “Holy shit how did you do that?”
“She revealed that this monstrosity of electronic expression can be found right there in the chat box.”
And she blasted me with another one, this time a weird, alien-looking emoticon with round, white eyes encircled by a black ring and slight shadows, with a rectangular mouth and the same pink tongue. It was like an alien emoticon, and it creeped me the hell out.
“TOO MUCH” I wrote. And then she revealed that this monstrosity of electronic expression can be found right there in the chat box. Top right hand corner, right where there’s a harmless-looking smiley face.
When I clicked on the tab, I found a whole collection of these oversized, ugly little creatures, under the innocuous heading “meep.” They’re not just your typical smiley-face contortions. There’s one of a greenish face vomiting, with a waterfall of puke spilling out of its mouth. Another with what looks like the Pittsburgh Steelers logo for eyes. In a tab right next to “meep,” are a bunch of pictures of cats with huge bodies and very small arms and feet. A cat riding a scooter. Having a birthday. Baking bread (or maybe cookies.)
These are a Facebook creation called “Stickers.” Stickers, according to the company, are “different than emoticons.”
“They’re detailed illustrations of characters with personality,” Facebook says. “Sending stickers is a way to share how you’re feeling with your friends.”
Aren’t old-fashioned emoticons a way to share how you’re feeling with your friends too?
Stickers actually launched on mobile platforms in March before it hit the web in July, and was developed by a designer named Sophie Xie, who left the company right after it was implemented.
Here’s the thing about Stickers: they may be a sign that Facebook is actually trying to get with the times. A bunch of other apps have been siphoning off the social network’s younger users especially in places like Asia, in part because those younger users like having more fun and more gigantic emoticons to play with. Thought Catalog recently created a guide to advise readers about how to appropriately use Stickers. Facebook might even start charging people to buy Stickers, though the company has not announced any plans to do so yet.
So maybe, I’m just old and grumpy and out of touch. Regardless, they’re still ugly.
Facebook released an update to its Android app Thursday, giving life to some of the stickers — a popular feature. Now Android users can see Pusheen (above) jiggle in a message. The update is currently available in the Google Play store.
With Android version 4.0.2 and higher, Pusheen, Beast (named after Mark Zuckerberg’s dog) and Anooki are animated. Facebook also fixed bugs on likes, comments and page recommendations.
Facebook also updated Home, which allows for users to control the music they’re listening to right from the lock screen (screenshot below the jump).
Facebook is updating its Android application with a few goodies designed to entertain audiences of its standard app and Home software.
The new version of Facebook for Android, rolling out to people on a gradual basis, animates some stickers — aka the character-driven emoji available in messages — and adds music controls to the lock screen for people running the social network’s suite of services on their Android smartphone.
While relatively minor, the sticker animation piece adds some parity between Facebook’s Android, iPhone, and Web messaging services. Stickers are part of the social network’s push to keep hit mobile messaging apps like WhatsApp at bay.
The music additive means that Home users will see tracks that they’re listening to displayed on their Cover Feed, and can pause or skip to the next song right from the lock screen. Music controls also work for people just using Cover Feed, a Home-less option Facebook introduced at the beginning of August.
The Home improvement is a testament to Facebook’s ongoing commitment to improving the software suite, which has been panned by some for taking over their Android device. Facebook Home, once paraded as the social network’s next-gen mobile interface, hasn’t exactly lived up to expectations, and though the company has sidelined major launches, it’s clearly not abandoning the project.
Facebook has just been updated to version 3.6 and Facebook Messenger to version 2.7.1! And let me tell you, this is big news: stickers! The most popular and most used stickers found in the the social network, like Pusheen the cat, the dog Beast or the Eskimo Anooki, will now be animated.
Who knows why we have all come to love emoticons. My favorites are those used on Skype and the main reason is because they move. So when I heard that Facebook had added animated stickers, it took me not even a second to update the application and harass my friends.
You are only required to have Android 4.0.2 or later on your device. My Galaxy S3 is updated to the latest version available and having tried several stickers I wasn’t able to see any movement on any of the stickers, neither on Facebook nor on Facebook Messenger. And I quote what the social network says on the Google Play Store:
“Some stickers are animated in messages, now you can see Pusheen, Beast and Anooki greet, dance and move (Android 4.0.2 and later).”
Now, what is problem? Did I miss something? Please guys, check your smartphone to see if this works, because honestly, I am slightly irritated.
Facebook Messenger has just received a new update that, according to it release notes, makes sending photos and emoji easier.
Actually, the latest update to the standalone messaging app of Facebook delivers but a couple of slight UI improvements.
First, the plus button for adding photos, emoji, and voice recordings has been replaced by a paper clip button, as in the main Facebook app.
Second, the photo selection screen has been tweaked to make it possible — finally! — to choose photos not only from Camera Roll but also from any other album. This means that you can now add photos from Instagram, that is, if you’ve set Instagram to automatically save your selfies, food pics, and whatnot to your device’s Photos app. Just tap the title bar in Facebook’s photo selection screen to choose your preferred album.
Of course, you can still add stickers to your Facebook messages by tapping the smiley button.
Support for stickers was added to Facebook Messenger three months ago, with only a few sticker packs initially available. But now, there are plenty of sticker packs that you can download for free from the sticker store, including Despicable Me 2 and Snoopy’s Moods.
Also including some bug fixes, the new version of Facebook Messenger is available now in the App Store for free. The app is optimized for iPhone and iPod touch running iOS 5.0 or later.
Source … http://appadvice.com/appnn/2013/08/finally-facebook-messenger-now-lets-you-send-photos-from-any-of-your-albums