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April 27, 2013

Facebook app now has Emotional Animated Stickers

emoticons1Earlier this month Facebook launched the new sticker feature. It lets people add big cuddly icons not unsimilar to those found in Line app, (BeginnersTech use this app to communicate with each other, see our review).
Facebook’s new animated sticker pack, which begins rolling out today to Chat in Facebook for iOS and Messenger for Android.

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Working with illustrator Pixar illustrator Matt Jones and animator Sam Hood, Dacher Keltner, UC Berkeley “compassion researcher”, is bringing Stickers to life. This new set, named Finch, is meant to better represent the breadth of human emotions that emoticons so crudely depict.

The st ickers are certainly expressive, but their buggy eyes may elicit a different emotion from you than Facebook is expecting. But what Jones created isn’t simply a set of exaggerated emoticons — it’s the result of a template that Facebook had him design, which other sticker creators can base their work off of. If Stickers catches on, we could end up seeing these Jones-designed facial expressions popping up again and again across the social network. The feature’s not available on all platforms yet, however, but Facebook say that Stickers will soon be expanding to Messenger for iOS and Facebook for Android as well.

Via: techcrunch

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Dave Thornton

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini