Google has a long tradition of its April Fool pranks and this year too we expected the company to play some pranks to fool those users who were unaware of the company’s tricks. Some of Google’s april fool pranks over the years include Gmail Paper (where the company agreed to post thousands of printed email to the users), Gmail actions (where the company claimed that from now onwards you could control some mail functions like composing or deleting a mail via your hand gestures), Google nose etc.
Seeing the company play these many pranks every year, we never expected it to do something serious on this day. But to our surprise, Google thought the perfect day to launch its Google plus emoticons was on the first of April. Initially we thought of it as an April fool prank but later when we actually tried it just for the sake of it, we were surprised. The emoticons actually worked.
According to a Google plus post by Eric Murphy, after years of research the company has come to a conclusion that the best possible way to express one’s feeling is through emoticons. When you upload a photo on to your Google plus account, you will get an emoticon option on the top. Just press that button and it will analyze your facial expressions and will place a relevant emoticon on your picture. This can be quite funny and the emoticons turned out to be right most of the time.
An excerpt from the blog post is given below:
“So starting today, we will give you the option to add stylized emotions to your photos. To give it a try, simply open one of your pictures in the lightbox, and click the “Add emotion” button at the top left of the screen.
We will plumb the emotional depths of everyone in the photo, then summarize their feelings with a beautifully crafted, emotion icon. Click on the button again to return to the original version of your photo. We hope you enjoy using the feature and we look forward to seeing your emotionally-charged posts ;)”
These emoticons look pretty good on the picture with plenty of different ones for different expressions. But you can’t just manually add your own emoticons. When you click on the emoticon link on the top, the editor will automatically analyze the most suitable emoticon (emoticons) for your picture and will place them over the top of your head. So if it’s more than 2 people, you get more than two emoticons and it’s as simple as that. And if you don’t like the new emoticons, just click on the button again and all the emoticons from the picture vanish in a jiff.
Google plus has been trying out hard to attract users to their networking site and this seems to be a nice little addition to the existing set of customizing tools available for users.