How are stickers integrated into the Facebook chat
Chat Heads & Stickers - New Features in Facebook Messenger [Weekly Facebook Tips]
Have you noticed the latest features of Facebook chat on iOS and Facebook Messenger on Android? Before the Posting of Facebook Home Facebook Home Hijacks Your Android Phone - Should You Leave It? [Weekly Facebook Tips] Facebook Home Hijacked Your Android Phone - Should You Let It? [Weekly Facebook Tips] Facebook Home is the replacement for the Android phone on the social network home screen, currently only available for select HTC and Samsung devices. As a launcher, the app takes on a central position on the… Read more ... Facebook chat app received an update that contained chat heads and stickers. Chat heads are floating avatars of Facebook friends you chat with. Chat headers are displayed on Facebook Pages (iOS) and other applications (Android only). So you don't have to switch between chat and other actions.
Stickers are huge emoticons that you may know from other apps like LINE, Path, or WeChat. They are available in theme sets and new ones can be downloaded from a dedicated store. Stickers should not be integrated into text. Instead, they are sent individually with a single press of a button. To see the new features, you need to be running the latest version of the Facebook app (Messenger). Go to the App Store or the Google Play Store and update if necessary.
Disclaimer: Since I don't own an iOS device, I focused on how these new features work on Android.
How do chat heads work?
Anyone who chats a lot on Facebook and likes to multitask will love Chat Heads. When a new message arrives from a friend, their avatar is displayed on the screen. You can tap the chat head to open the conversation without leaving the current app. If a chat head is in the way, you can move it to any position on either side of the screen.
To remove a chat head, drag it onto the X When you tap the picture and move it, it will appear at the bottom of the screen. You don't actually have to pull it all the way, you can just swipe it briefly in the right direction and it will go away.
In the unlikely event that you don't like this feature, you can turn it off. Open Facebook Messenger and go to the settings and open Notifications. Disable chat heads and you'll never be distracted by friendly avatars again.
BTW: if you don't get enough notifications via Facebook chat header style, you can enable them for SMS / MMS as well. Go back to the main Settings menu and open SMS / MMS settings. Check Enable text messaging and you're done.
How do I use stickers?
Stickers are available as separate emoticons from the Facebook chat line. Tap the smiley face next to Send Button to view your sticker sets. You can currently download several free sets from the Sticker Store to enhance your collection of stickers.
Note that stickers work differently than smileys. Instead of sending them with a text message, you send them yourself. When you tap a sticker, it is sent automatically and any message you entered in the chat line disappears.
In case you can't see the smiley face opening sticker yet, you might want to try a trick. In the chat line, click on the empty field to the left of the + symbol. Since the feature is fully functional on my phone, I cannot verify how exactly this works. However, some sources say the hack is only available through Chat Heads. Please let us know if the hack works for you.
To be honest, I don't like the stickers very much. I rarely use exotic smileys or other emoticons, so I don't see myself with stickers. But if you enjoy emoticons and are a little childish (no offense!) You will probably love stickers.
Chat heads, on the other hand, are great! While I don't chat much on Facebook, I am better able to multitask with each feature. Regular notifications are just distracting and I can't see the full message and reply without switching apps. Chat heads change that. I also find the feature super slick; great design and smooth animation.
While both features add a little more spice to Facebook's mobile app, they're not an epiphany and certainly won't attract more users. However, chat heads are a very cool feature that will definitely help retain people who are already using Facebook. If you are one of them, check out these chat hacks as well. Neat Facebook Chat Hacks To Help You Enjoy IM On Facebook [Weekly Facebook Tips] Neat Facebook Chat Hacks To Help You Enjoy IM On Facebook [Weekly Facebook Tips] These things are awesome when all goes well, but great annoying when something is wrong. Unfortunately, most people don't have the time to navigate through all of the options and ... Read More
What do you think? Do you have chat heads or stickers change the way you use Facebook?
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