If you’ve noticed more friends posting colorful status updates and more descriptive emoticons in comments, you’re not alone. Facebook announced Wednesday that it is adding more support for emoji — a standardized set of emoticons and picture characters.
Starting Wednesday, Facebook will roll out support for emoji in comments and status updates, in addition to check-ins, photos, group posts, and timeline posts.
This support was built last Thursday during a hackathon, thanks to developers Bob Baldwin, András Biczó, and Michael Novati. Facebook said it is focused on giving users more ways to express themselves, such as stickers on mobile messages and structured status updates that say they are eating Chipotle or watching “Mad Men.”
Brittany Darwell, editor of sister site Inside Facebook, posted some examples of emoji: