While Google Chat does a great deal to modernize Hangouts, some similarities do remain. One of the more fun overlaps is easter eggs — appropriately — with all of the classic slash commands continuing to work in Google Chat.

Slash commands are the norm for team messaging services these days, with Google Chat — and Hangouts before it — leveraging for fast and easy kaomoji insertion. In this day and age, these macro shortcuts are more useful on desktop web as Gboard on Android now has a pretty good selection (and UI picker for them).

As we noted when they came to the Messages for web client:

Japanese emoticons are a popular form of expression that cleverly leverages punctuation, spacing, and various characters to make faces and convey other feelings. However, they are a pain to type out manually given that many of the keyboard characters are not easily accessible, even on mobile.

They’re enabled by entering a forward slash “/” and then the descriptor. The slash command you entered will automatically be converted for you and the recipient. Compared to before, more than a few of the Google Chat easter eggs take advantage of emoji characters.

/algebraic | ( •◡•)| (❍ᴥ❍ʋ)
/dealwithit or /sunglasses “( •_•)
( •_•)>⌐■-■
(⌐■_■)”
/disapprove ಠ_ಠ
/facepalm (-‸ლ)
/flowerbeam ( ・◡・)つ━☆🌸🌺🌼
/happy ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ
/idk ¯\(°_o)/¯
/lgtm 👍 👍 👍
/lit 🔥 🔥 🔥
/octodisco 🎶🐙🎶
/praisethesun \`[-|-]/
/puppyparty 🐕🐩🐕🙌🐩🐕🐩
/roll e.g. “rolls a die and gets 3”
/shame 🔔 🔔 🔔
/shruggie ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
/success (•̀ᴗ•́)و
/tableflip (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻
/tableback ┬─┬ ノ( ゜-゜ノ)
/that (☞゚ヮ゚)☞
/this ☜(゚ヮ゚☜)
/wizard (∩ ` -´)⊃━━☆゚.*・。゚
/yuno ლ(ಠ益ಠლ)

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