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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 Chat Heads & Stickers - Check Out The New Features on Facebook Messenger [Weekly Facebook Tips] Chat Heads & Stickers - Check Out The New Features on Facebook Messenger [Weekly Facebook Tips] Have you already noticed the latest features of Facebook chat on iOS and Facebook Messenger on Android? Prior to the release of Facebook Home, Facebook's chat app received an update which included Chat Heads and... Read More 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 How To Chat On Facebook From The Comfort Of Your Desktop How To Chat On Facebook From The Comfort Of Your Desktop From the first days of public Internet, it's been a long and winding road for chat. From Web chats that were nothing but forums, to ICQ and IRC, to MSN Messenger and Google Talk, and... Read More 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.

Hidden Stickers

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 The Emoticon Is Thirty! But Where Did It Come From? [Geek History] The Emoticon Is Thirty! But Where Did It Come From? [Geek History] In 2012, the emoticon as we know it turned thirty years old. A lot of us take it for granted that we can convey emotion through text using constructs like :) and :( and O_O,... Read More ? 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 Neat Facebook Chat Hacks to Keep You Enjoying IM via Facebook [Weekly Facebook Tips] Neat Facebook Chat Hacks to Keep You Enjoying IM via Facebook [Weekly Facebook Tips] Facebook chat is one of those things that's fantastic when everything is going well, yet very annoying when something's not right. Sadly, most people don't have the time to navigate all of the options and... Read More 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?

What do you think of Facebook stickers? Have you given them a go or will you stick with your emoticons for now?

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  1. gary jones
    March 1, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    I am currently using Stickpipe stickers and I love them

  2. Anonymous
    September 2, 2015 at 12:56 am

    How do I use the faded glasses and nose pack in facebook comments? Where do I get the photo they are referring to because I used one of my pics and the store options disappeared........Getting frustrated :(:(:(:(

  3. Amar
    October 26, 2013 at 6:28 am

    thanks...great list of FB emoticons....I found similar kind of list here also -

  4. matias
    September 6, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    do you know how can i make my own set of stickers?

    • Angela A
      October 27, 2013 at 4:35 am

      I don't think Facebook are allowing submissions, however, informally you can keep a folder of images to upload for whatever mood you're in. It will look the same, even though it's more clunky.

  5. Emilia T
    August 11, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    I am going to play it with them thanks