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||“( •_•)
|/happy||ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ|
|/lgtm||👍 👍 👍|
|/lit||🔥 🔥 🔥|
|/roll||e.g. “rolls a die and gets 3”|
|/shame||🔔 🔔 🔔|
|/tableback||┬─┬ ノ( ゜-゜ノ)|
|/wizard||(∩ ` -´)⊃━━☆ﾟ.*･｡ﾟ|
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- Chat notifications from Gmail adding iOS Focus mode support, profile pics
- Gmail on Android rolling out new status bar icons for Google Chat, Spaces
- Google Chat will let people be Space Managers, add descriptions and guidelines
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