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Google Hangouts Emoji Keyboard Shortcuts

Follow this link if you’re looking for the Windows Emoji Keyboard Shortcut.

I’ve been annoyed that i couldn’t find emoji keyboard shortcuts on Google Hangouts (on mobile or gmail in web browser), i was specifically looking for the thinking face emoji.

You can copy and paste from this list but keyboard shortcuts are so much easier

Naturally i did the geeky thing and tried to find it.

Here’s the geeky stuff…
The code for keyboard shortcuts is buried in a javascript variable “J7a”
To see the javascript yourself: make sure you have a hangouts chat open in gmail then…
right-click  > inspect > sources

Here’s a snippet of the javascript…
(more geeky stuff)
J7a={“!:)”:128579,”!:-)”:128579,”(=^..^=)”:128568,”(=^.^=)”:128568,”(N)”:128078,”(Y)”:128077, …

What you’re seeing there is each keyboard shortcut “:)” and the corresponding Unicode character in decimal.
e.g. 128053 is decimal for the hexidecimal value 0x1F435 (monkey face U+1F435) .

Here are the emoji shortcuts…
Without further delay, here’s the full list of all currently available Google Hangouts emoji keyboard shortcuts…

:C frowning/sad face 
:) or :-) smiley 
<3 heart 
-<@% honeybee 
:(|) monkey face 
:(:) pig face 
(Y) or (y) thumb up 
(N) or (n) thumb down 
(]:{ man with turban 
</3 or <\\3 broken heart 
~@~ pile of poo 
:D or :-D grinning face 
^_^ grinning face with closed eyes 
:”D laughing face with tears 
=D laughing face open mouth with happy eyes 
^_^;; laughing face open mouth with tear 
O:) or O=) O:-) angel face (smiley with halo) 
}:) or }=) or }:-) devil face 
;) or ;-) winking face 
=) blushing smile 
B-) smiley with sunglasses 
:, or :-, smirking face 
:| or =| or :-| neutral face 
-_- expressionless face 
o_o; downcast with sweat 
u_u pensive face 
:/ or :\\ or =/
or =\\ or :-/ or :-\\
confused face 
:s or :S
or :-s or :-S
confounded face 
:* or :-* kissing face 
;* or ;-* face blowing a kiss 
=* blushing kissing face 
:p or :P
or :-p or :-P
or =p or =P
face with tongue 
;p or ;P
or ;-p or ;-P
winking face with tongue 
:( or :-( or =( dissappointed face 
>:( or >=( or >:-( pouting / angry face 
:'( or ='(
or T_T or ;_;
crying face 
>.< or >_< persevering face 
D: frowning with open mouth / worried 
:”( loudly crying face 
:o or :O
or =o or =O or :-o or :-O
or o.o
face with open mouth / shocked 
O.O astonished face / gasping with shock 
X( or X-( or
X-o or X-O
or x_x
dizzy face 
:3 or :X)
or =^_^=
or (=^..^=)
or (=^.^=)
grinning cat with smiling eyes 
!:) or !:-) upside-down face 
>:(X person gesturing no / crossed arms 
\o or o/ person raising hand 
:)X or :-)X
or >:D<
hugging face / open hands 
\m/ hand horn sign / ‘rock-on’ 
V.v.V crab 

Annoyingly, as you can see in the list, my original search for a keyboard shortcut for the thinking face emoji proved fruitless…
There isn’t one  … yet

For reference here’s the current Unicode full emoji list.

I hope this helps you and saves you from diving into the javascript source!

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YouTube – Associated website “pending”

After jumping through all the hoops to try and get a website verified on a company YouTube channel (in order to link to the company website via annotations) the associated website was still showing as “Pending”


To fix this, after much frustration and googling I discovered this page in webmaster tools…

I added the YouTube user account email to associated users at the bottom and the site was instantly associated in YouTube!

Hope this helps you and saves you a bit of time.

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Stop multiple posts for shared YouTube videos and links appearing on Google Plus posts page

If you share lots of stuff via YouTube or Google Plus you may have noticed that your posts page on your google plus profile shows everything you share, everytime you share it.
This is fine if you only share something once but, if you share the same thing multiple times (on multiple sites/pages for example), then it will appear multiple times in your Google+ posts page, making it look a bit spammy.

Here’s how you can quickly and easily prevent this from happening….

  1. Go to your Google plus page
  2. Click “Home” in the top left
  3. Click “Settings”
  4. Scroll to the “Profile” section near the (bottom)
  5. Untick “Show your Google+ communities posts on the Posts tab of your Google+ profile”

Simple huh?

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Pay off a mortgage in a year?

I have had a crazy idea to see if the combined generosity of complete strangers can help pay off our mortgage.

It might be a stupid idea and i’m guessing won’t even get a single donation, but maybe i’ll be proved wrong. If you dont ask you don’t get. right?

To donate please go to
All we need is just 160,000 people to donate 63p ($1)

If this does take off i’m hoping my blog will get a significant amount of visits so, because i’m such a nice guy, as a thank you (or incentive) for donating larger sums…

Every donation of $1 – $4.99…
will get a mention in a daily blog post

Every donation of $5 – $24.99…
will get a mention in a daily blog post with link to twitter or facebook profile

donations of $25 – $99.99…
will get a blog post on this website with link back to a website of your choice*

donations of $100 or more …
will get a blog post on this website with link back to a website of your choice*
a link* in the links section in the sidebar (appears on every page of this site)

If you’re reading this please donate, remember all we need is just 160,000 people to donate 63p ($1)

*no illegal stuff please

Facebook enable dislike button wall post scam

Another facebook scam:

Users will see a wall post, supposedly from a friend.

The wall post says:

Facebook now has a dislike button! Click ‘Enable Dislike Button’ to turn on the new feature!”

facebook enable dislike button wall post

This is quite clever and looks exactly like it might be a genuine add-on, the “Enable Dislike Button” link appears exactly where the “Share” button appears on regular posts.

If you click on the link, the same wall post will be posted to all your friends’ walls, meaning that more and more people will be tricked the same way.

This is a scam. No “Dislike” button will be added anywhere.

Many Facebook users have been suggesting for quite a while now that facebook have a “Dislike” button so this scam is probably going to fool quite a few people people.

Please let everyone know about this “enable dislike button” scam and ensure your friends understand that they should be cautious of posts like this put on their walls, even from if they come from their own friends!

If you, or anyone you know, has this message posted on their wall, you can either hide it or mark it as spam. If you mark it as spam it helps Facebook to hopefully become aware of and remove this rogue application.

Updated: Facebook chat emoticons, emotes and smilies / icons

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Facebook chat emoticons, emotes and smilies / icons

Want to add smilies to your Facebook chat conversations?

Here are the obvious (and maybe less obvious) smilies / emoticons / emotes that you can send to your friends in Facebook chat!

Simply type what’s next to the smiley and it’ll show up when u send it to your friends in Facebook chat!

smile = :-) or :) or :] or =)

frown = :-( or :( or :[ or =(

tongue = :-P or :P or :-p or :p or =P

grin = :-D or :D or =D

gasp = :-O or :O or :-o or :o

wink = ;-) or ;)

glasses = 8-) or 8) or B-) or B)

sunglasses = 8-| or 8| or B-| or B|

grumpy = >:( or >:-(

unsure = :/ or :-/ or :\ or :-\

cry = :'(

devil = 3:) or 3:-)

angel = O:) or O:-)

kiss = :-* or :*

heart = <3

kiki = ^_^

squint = -_-

confused = o.O or O.o

upset = >:O or >:-O or >:o or >:-o

pacman = :v

Facebook Curly Lips Smily / Emote curly lips = :3

facebook robot emoticon robot = :|]

facebook Chris Putnam emoticon Chris Putnam = :putnam:

facebook shark emoticon Shark = (^^^)

penguin facebook emoticon Penguin = <(“)


42 emote = :42:

You can also change the text style:

Bold Text Bold Text = *Bold Text*

Underlined Text Underlined Text = _Underlined Text_

Bold & Underlined Text Bold Text = *_Bold and Underlined Text_*

This is a list of all currently known Facebook chat emoticons.
I’m sure Facebook will be adding more emoticons in the future and when they do i’ll update this post.

Don’t want to sign into messenger when using hotmail?

I discovered that when using hotmail on my new Windows 7 laptop it automatically signs me into msn / live messenger. After trying to find a setting somewhere to disable this feature i have finally found it (and it’s really very easy)…

I discovered that all you need to do to stop messenger logging in every time you check your email, just log into hotmail as usual, click your name in the top right, or open the messenger list and click “Sign out of messenger”.

How to stop MSN / Live Messenger loading in Hotmail

This will permanently sign you out of messenger in hotmail, and only hotmail.
If you are logged in on the normal desktop app you will stay logged in.

If you sign out / close your browser and sign back in to hotmail, messenger won’t load leaving you free to check your emails in peace!

Change Juitter Time and Date Format

As you can see in the sidebar on the left i am using Juitter to retrieve my twitter feed, I didn’t like the default juitter date format because it’s rather long (“ddd,dd mm yyyy hh:mm:ss +0000”)

Here’s how you can reformat the default juitter time and date format…

Just insert the code below into the “jquery.juitter.js” file, underneath the line “var tweet = $.Juitter.filter(item.text);”

// Re-format Date/Time
//get Tweet date
var d=new Date(item.created_at); //Default date/time is when the tweet was published
var tweetdate=d.toLocaleDateString(); //rewrite date in a nicer way
//get Tweet time
var t=new Date(item.created_at);
var tweettime=t.toLocaleTimeString().substr(0,5); //rewrite and remove seconds
//pull it together
var timestamp=""+tweetdate+" at "+tweettime+"";
// Reformat Date/Time

Then in the few lines below this newly inserted code (the code that generates the HTML) replace “item.created_at” with “timestamp”


main date conversion taken from:

Facebook too slow? try Facebook Lite, the low-fat facebook

This lite version is now now longer available, Facebook decided to remove it.

That’s right, Facebook Lite, a stripped-down version of Facebook that shrinks Facebook down into its core features, making for a much smoother facebook experience.

This new version of the site is much more simple and cleaner in appearance and appears to be a better site for Facebook newbies or for anyone who finds the current site “too much” or noisy. It also does away with the old-school Facebook apps, which is just as well for the newest Facebook-connected services. (although farmtown/farmville addicts will still have to use full-fat facebook to harvest and plow!)

The major visual change in Facebook Lite, compared to the full-fat Facebook “Classic,” is simply that most of the the navigation and info page that was on the left of the page is now gone. The user is not distracted by the mostly superfluous details that resided there. The input box is also gone, replaced by buttons (Write, Post Photos, Post Video) that pop down the actual input forms only when needed.

The facebook chat feature is in there too, it’s not embedded in the facebook page but as a separate “pop-up” window instead.

Anyway enough from me, check it out for yourself…


Facebook UnNamed App is not a spybot!

People are following the usual activity of updating their facebook status to inform others of scams etc but again by trying to warn others they are in fact doing exactly what the “scammers” want.

Here’s the latest, an “UnNamed App Internal SpyBot Hoax”…

ALERT >>>>> Has your facebook been running slow lately? Go to “Settings” and select “application settings”, change the dropdown box to “added to profile”. If you see one in there called “un named app” delete it… Its an internal spybot. Pass it on. about a minute ago….i checked and it was on mine.

it is NOT a virus or spyware, it is your “Boxes” tab, and Facebook is going to be getting rid of it soon, you can remove it yourself from your edit applications list if you want… not sure if Facebook will be replacing it with something else yet.

“Due to a small bug, an application listed as ‘Unnamed App’ appeared in some users’ Applications Settings,” spokeswoman Malorie Lucich said in an e-mail to CNN. “No user accounts or data were lost or damaged.”


Please also be aware that when searching for this on Google I ended up at a page which wil tell you that your pc needs a scan (this is malware/spyware). So please be careful, it seems that whoever started this facebook “status” is just trying to get people googling and direct you to this harmful page.