Weird, But Fun Hack to Create Custom Facebook Chat Emoticons

Emoticons are the little smiley faces created by hitting a combination of keystrokes: :-)

During your Facebook chat sessions, you can paste in a username to liven up your chat. Strange, but true.

I found an article by Josh Constine at TechCrunch that explains, step-by-step, how to create emoticons using the profile picture of anyone on Facebook.

Here’s how:

  1. Go to any profile, official Page, or event that you want to use as an emoticon.
  2. Look at the URL. Find the username or profile ID at the end of the URL such as “VinDiesel” from, “JoshConstine,” “cocacola,” or “45197362282.″
  3. Place that name or number in double brackets like [[VinDiesel]]
  4. Enter that into a Facebook Chat or Message field. When you send it, the bracketed number or letters will appear as that person, Page, or event’s current profile picture.

Some emoticons you may want to try:




Here’s a link to the complete tutorial, which includes an extensive list of emoticons you can try.

Share Custom Emoticons

Please share your ideas for people or Pages you would use as emoticons.

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  • Bubblegum Burst

    These aren’t really “custom emoticons” as they only work on profile pics. They need to make these work for other pics that have been uploaded.

  • Dr. Titsballsack Jr.

    They do! You right click any image, press copy image url, paste the url and there will be 3 big numbers divided by _. Copy the middle number and put it in the [[doublebrackets]]