Believe it or not, Facebook Chat now allows you to use the profile picture of any user, event or official page as an emoticon. Emoticons no longer have to be anonymous smiley faces. They can be of characters you actually know or can identify. This means you can make a Facebook emoticon out of your cousin, best friend, Justin Bieber, Kanye West, President Obama or Oprah. We will tell you exactly how to go about creating a FB emoticon:
1. Go to the profile, fan page or event page of your choice
2. Locate the URL of that page. Then find the username or profile ID at the end of the URL (i.e. “VinDiesel” from http://www.facebook.com/VinDiesel or “droz” from http://www.facebook.com/droz)
3. Place the name or number in double brackets like so [[VinDiesel]]
4. Enter that code into a Facebook Chat or message field.
It may not appear at first, but once you have sent it the bracketed letters/numbers will appear as that person, page or event’s profile picture.
While these custom emoticons will display as photos on the web, they will appear as their bracketed string when viewed through a Facebook app. They also cannot be used in status updates, comments or wall posts yet. However, stay tuned, because you know how often Facebook upgrades things and adds new features. Because profile pictures and usernames are public, pulling photos as emoticons technically doesn’t violate privacy, and there’s no way to opt out of having your face used. Have fun making custom Facebook emoticons!