Emoji support has improved a lot on Facebook. We have gone from stuttering support for a few emoji to full support in comments, posts and even a type of emoji in Facebook Reactions. Here is how to use emojis in Facebook.
It seems the days of the humble word are numbered as in a few years we will all be communicating with little cartoon faces. At least that’s what it feels like if you use chat apps or social media. But when those little faces sum up an entire sentence in one small image, it’s no wonder the time and character limited love them. That makes them perfect for social media where you are limited in characters or have a lot of commenting to do.
Emojis and Facebook
For a while, you could only use emojis on the Facebook app but support gradually expanded to the browser too. Now you can use them however you use Facebook and there are literally hundreds to choose from. You can add them in updates, posts and comments.
Using emojis in Facebook is exactly the same as any other app that supports them. The hard part is finding the right one!
- Compose your update or comment as you normally would.
- Select the small gray face icon on the right side of the text box.
- Select your emoji and it will appear in the box.
You will see the main expressive emojis as soon as you select the face icon. You should also see other activity selections for animals, food, sports, geography, technology, signs and flags. Just select one of those to find the appropriate image. Technically, only those first expressive faces are emoji but the lines between graphics is blurred enough that nobody really cares as long as the meaning is accurately conveyed.
Using emoji in Facebook Messenger
The process is much the same in Facebook Messenger as it is on the main site. You have a small gray face icon in the lower part of the chat window. Add your emoji or graphic by selecting the icon, finding the appropriate emoji and clicking it. The emoji will appear in the chat box and you’re all good.
You can use keyboard shortcuts too if you prefer. Here are a few common ones you probably know already.
- 🙂 – smiley
- 🙁 – sad
- 😛 – tongue
- :* – kiss
- 😀 – grin
- :O – gasp
- 😉 – wink
- 8) and B) – sunglasses
- >:( – unhappy
- :/ – unsure
- o – confused
- O:) – angel
- 3:) – devil
- :-* – kiss
- ^_^ – very happy
- -_- – squint
- >:O – upset
- <3 – heart
Facebook Reactions were introduced in early 2016 to allow us to respond to someone’s post or update in an emotive way. There are only six emoji to choose from. You can thumbs up, heart it or laugh, cry, act surprised or angry.
To use Facebook Reactions, hover the cursor over the Like icon underneath a post and you should see a popup panel appear with Like, heart, happy, surprised, cry and angry icons. Select one to use it in your response.
If you’re using a phone or tablet, tap and hold the Like button to select the other options. Then tap the appropriate icon to select it.
Facebook Reactions add a little more expression to responses and probably have more utility if you’re not going to write a response.
Facebook has also climbed aboard the sticker train and introduced a range of stickers that you can add to your updates and comments. These are available in Facebook Messenger and chat and include a selection of expressions divided into categories such as Happy, Angry, Sad, In Love, Celebrating, Active, Working, Confused, Sleeping and Eating.
Stickers are different from emoji but can convey similar emotions and feelings. The stickers icon is in the bottom of the chat window by emoji and GIF. Select the icon, select a category and then the sticker selection will load. Select a sticker and it will appear within the chat box. Hit Send or Enter to communicate it.
Emoji vs. Activities
When selecting emoji in Facebook, you also have selections for animals, food, sports, geography, technology, signs and flags. While they are graphics, they aren’t emoji. Emoji are graphical expressions of emotions. The rest in that group are activities. They do communicate a lot in a single graphic, it’s more about what you’re doing or what’s going on than how you’re feeling. No less important but not emoji.
It’s easy to use emojis in Facebook and there are enough there to express just about every human emotion you can think of and some you can’t.
What do you think of emoji? Love them? Loathe them?