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7 Things You Didn't Know About Gchat

You need to diversify your emoticons.

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V.v.V creates a little crab snapping its pincers.

:(:) creates a little pig.

:(|) makes a monkey that goes OOH OOH AH AH.

\m/ makes a little boom box.

:{ creates a creepy little guy tweaking his mustache. This one, especially, is going to be so handy.

+/'\ is a ringing cowbell.

[:|] makes an ADORABLE little robot.

< /3 is, obviously, a broken heart. (If you didn't already know <3 is a heart, well, get with the program.)

>.< makes a stressed-looking little wincing face.

~ @ ~ is poop.

2. You can change your contacts' profile pictures.

Say there's someone who gchats you that you HATE. (Or really love, I guess!) You can change the picture you see when they gchat you, without their knowledge.

Hover over their name in your contact list and click "Contact info." Hover over their picture, and you'll see "Change Picture" pop up.

4. You can create third-person status updates by starting a sentence with "/me."

Let's say you want to add third-person AIM/multiplayer video game-type status updates. It's your Gchat! Simply start a sentence with /me, and Gchat will convert. Just remember to use "is," as in "/me is embarrassed by how this trick makes me sound like Jar Jar Binks."