Google Has Buried Some Little-Known Tricks In Hangouts That Will Liven Up Your Chats

There are a few fun tricks hidden inside Hangouts, Google’s chat product. 

Everyone using Hangouts has access to a bunch of emoji, but you can shock your friends my making a few unlisted animations appear if you know the secrets:

 Try typing “LMAO,” “happy birthday,” or “woot:”

Here’s one to break out on January 1. Try “Happy New Year!”:

There are a bunch of other ones too:

The effect of “/ponies” or “/ponystream” are seen above. “/Pitchforks” makes an angry mob stampede across the chat window, “/bikeshed” changes the background colour of both parties’ chat windows, the KONAMI cheat will only change your background colour, and “/shydino” will bring you a cute little dinosaur. 

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