Amy and I were chatting via Google Talk this afternoon when she asked, “How did you do that?”
“Do what?” I replied.
“Turn your tongue sideways.”
I was using the Adium chat client at the time, so I had to log into my gmail account to see what she was talking about, but sure enough, Google has added animated smilies to it’s web-based version of Google Talk. In the time that we were chatting, we discovered:
:p and <3
A little searching revealed a complete list of the avilable emoticons at a site called bigblueball. The interesting thing about these smilies is that they aren’t animated gifs, but rather a series of gifs located at https://mail.google.com/mail/im/emoticons/(emoticon name)(1-14).gif that are rotated with js to make the animation happen. I saved the ones for the <3 (heart1.gif, heart2.gif, heart3.gif…) and posted them below:
Actually, after I saved those images, I tried heart.gif, and realized that there is an animated version in the same directory. Interesting…here it is:
(You may have to hit refresh if you missed the animation.)