Google Chat emoticon Easter egg


29 Responses to “Google Chat emoticon Easter egg”

  1. Bersl says:

    I still want a Unicode Trollface.

    • bardfinn says:

      There’s a Unicode Japanese ogre face and Japanese goblin : 1f479 and 1f47a.

      1f5ff is a moai (Easter island head). Perhaps other suggestions could be forthcoming.

  2. Matt Blank says:

    The chat emoticons have always done this for me. Not just on the :D one either. They’re usually a lot faster turning though.

    • lightforce says:

      Same here. It’s done that for as long as I’ve been using gChat, on both Firefox and Chrome. As for why it’s turning so slowly, my guess is either a Javascript bug or a low memory issue.

      • Mike Norman says:

        Mine turn slow all the time. You can actually choose your set of emoticons, too, iirc. I think mine change into little drawings of smiley faces.

    • vertigo25 says:

      Same here. I’m wondering if we’re missing something ironic or funny about this post…

  3. James Maniscalco says:

    Loving the 2001: A Space Odyssey soundtrack.

  4. Yep always done that for me too, good use of music though :)

  5. Mike Harris says:

    No disrespect intended, but this feature has been around for me since Google Talk was introduced.

  6. same for me — they’ve always turned. smilies, hearts, etc.

  7. BarBarSeven says:

    Typography does not love you.

  8. brainflakes says:

    Woah, did I just go back in time to the year 2005?

  9. What is this? I don’t even…. mine always do this as well. Are we missing something here?

  10. Franklin says:

    slow news day huh? either that or I just got trolled

  11. Bryan R. Sarrasin says:

    April….no, it’s not still the first. so …..huh?

  12. Cauto says:

    oh c’mon Mr Doctorow 

  13. daemonsquire says:

    I thought maybe the videographer slowed the footage down to suit the ominous music, but the speed of the flashing icon seems to counter that.  So, I guess the music signifies the mounting tension of waiting for a compromised CPU to perform supposedly simple tasks–the rotating D, analogous to the feeling one has of wanting to twist one’s own head off when a web page seems to take forever to finish loading!

    Incidentally, after watching this, I fired off a few Gchat emoticons to my wife, beside me here.  Both :D and :) turn into the same face on her laptop, but only :) converts on her Android phone (to a different Android-esque smiley face), while the :D stays the same.  Meanwhile, a :( becomes a frown on the laptop but not the phone, while a o_O remains unchanged on the laptop, yet turns to a perplexed Androidicon on the phone.

    That’s as far as the experiment got.

  14. Shawn Suther says:

    the “slow turn” happens when you “pop out” the goog-chat window.
    I wouldn’t call it an easter egg. a rendering bug, certainly.

  15. jeraliey says:

    For more fun, type in V.v.V

  16. teapot says:

    This just in: Doctorow is not employing emoticons & gmail chat on a regular enough basis.

    Later: Firefox teaches us about robots!

  17. Mine goes fast either way 

  18. Walter Stabosz says:

    I find this gchat emoticon the most surprising ~@~

    • millie fink says:

      Ha! Thanks.

      Gotta be careful tho who ya type that to…

    • Tim Drage says:

      It’s an outrage that there is no standard universal unicode poop symbol, it would improve the standard of discourse on the internets immensely.

      Emoji has a cute happy poop at least.

  19. GTMoogle says:


  20. danjadave says:

    Not shooped. You can tell from the pixels.

  21. Tore Sinding Bekkedal says:

    Cory Doctorow, keep up at the back there!

    Wow. I’ve always wanted to say that.

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