Are you using Gmail’s new compose? If so, you’ve probably noticed that the emoticon icon does nothing but show a “coming soon” message. Not anymore. Google has rolled out over 1,000 emoticons for Gmails’s new compose, which you can add to your emails by clicking the “Insert emoticon” icon or with the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+2.
The complete emoticon collection includes some familiar faces such as Google Talk’s square faces and “secret” animated crab, but if you scroll diligently you’ll find many different types of animated and non-animated faces, food items, animals, weather icons, and pretty much anything you can think of. If you can’t choose just one, holding the Shift button while clicking on emoticons will insert multiple ones into your email.
So how many emoticons are there, exactly? In a lengthy counting project, I counted exactly 1,324 emoticons, which is much more than the mere 150 available on the old compose. To be fair, TheNextWeb counted 1,287 emoticons in total, so according to them there are 37 less icons to enjoy, but no matter how you look at it, this is a huge collection.
If you’re using Google Apps, or if Google’s decided so for some reason, you might not see the emoticons yet. If you still see the “Coming soon” message when hovering over the smiley icon, don’t despair, Gmail’s emoticons will find their way to your account soon enough. At the moment, there doesn’t seem to be a way to disable emoticons in emails, but do let us know if you find one.
Is this good news or bad news for you? Will be using all these new emoticons in your emails, or are you dreading the emails you’re about to receive from now on?