Facebook is testing emoticons in the status updates on user profiles, allowing members to add anything from a smiley face to an ice cream cone to messages.
The social network — which has rolled out the feature to select profiles — offers a variety of emoticons to choose from. Listed next to the small icons for adding a picture or a graphic location, a smiley face image now resides with the following prompt: "News: Share how you're feeling or what you're doing."
Clicking on the icon reveals various categories, such as drinking, eating, watching and doing.
Grabbing a bite to eat with friends? Post an update and add a pizza emoticon. At the movies? Search for the title and it will add a film board image. This connects your conversation to a show, movie, artist and so on, and possibly opens up the door for more ad revenue for the company in the future.
Although emoticons can be added to updates, it's not possible to respond with one in the comments sections just yet.
Facebook has not responded to a request for comment. What do you think of the addition of emoticons to the site — are you in favor or against? Let us know in the comments.
Topics: emoticons, Facebook, Social Media