Facebook Messenger steps up its emoji game – TechCrunch
If you can’t say it in words, say it with an emoji. Facebook is announcing some minor updates to its Messenger platform today, which make it easier than ever to find the exact emoji you’re looking for when you react to a friend’s message (let’s face it, there’s a big difference between “laughing screaming” and “crying” emoji). This includes a search bar for emoji reactions and a recently used emoji section. And, if you weren’t disappointed with the long-awaited “Space Jam” sequel, you can show off your love for the Bugs Bunny hoopster with a “Space Jam 2” chat theme, available both on Messenger and in Instagram DMs. Don’t get too excited though – even though this theme defines a basketball as the cat’s emoji, the long-lost and beloved basketball mini-game has yet to make its triumphant return to the Messenger app. .
It may seem like there isn’t room for innovation in, uh, the emoji space, but even Twitter has explored the possibility of allowing people to emoji react to tweets. And as live audio has become ubiquitous, from the Clubhouse to the Twitter Spaces to the Spotify Greenroom, why not add audio to emojis?
Last week Messenger launched Soundmojis, what they look like – emojis with sounds. On the Messenger app, you can use Soundmojis by clicking the smiley face icon in the chat box, which opens the expressions menu. When you select the speaker icon you can choose from just under 30 standard emojis, but when you click on them they play sounds including quotes from “Brooklyn 99”, clips by Olivia Rodrigo, and lines of “Bridgerton”. Emoji “X” plays “Oh No” by Capone, a song that has gone viral on TikTok.
According to Facebook Messenger, people send more than 2.4 billion messages with emojis to the platform every day. That’s great and all, but if we can tap the car emoji to hear the sounds of “Fast & Furious”, when can we tap the soccer emoji to play “keepie uppie” again? ?