A Whole New Emoji World for Facebook Messenger

Facebook Messenger is about to become a lot more colorful, as the social network released more than 1,500 new emojis for the application.

Facebook Messenger is about to become a lot more colorful, as the social network released more than 1,500 new emojis for the application.

Facebook also announced in a post on the Messenger page that emojis for Messenger are now standardized, so they will display consistently and properly across Android, iOS or other platforms.

Messenger users can now choose from a group of skin colors, and a set of emojis for redheads is among the new offerings, as are female emojis representing things like police officers, runners, pedestrians, surfers and swimmers, with more to come.

The new emojis will begin rolling out worldwide Thursday, and highlights from the Messenger page post follow:

Nearly 10 percent of mobile sends in Messenger include emojis. However, not all platforms have kept up with emoji standards as they’ve evolved, which means that sometimes the emoji you wanted to send wasn’t the one that showed up. Nor are they living up to the gender and skin tone diversity that we see in our world every day.

Messenger is addressing emoji woes by rolling out a new set of standardized emojis so you can be sure you’re sending the right message. No matter what emoji you pick, it will now look the same for all Messenger users, regardless if the recipient is on Android, iOS or another platform. In other words: No more broken-looking black boxes or emojis that just don’t make sense. Our characters are consistent every time you use them, no matter what platform the recipient is on.

Messenger is bringing over 1,500 newly designed Messenger emojis to the world. The new designs, gender-agnostic options and multi-colored emojis will be available on many Android devices and web products for the first time. We’re diversifying the genders to create a more balanced mix that’s more representative of our world. Now, using Messenger emojis, you’ll see a female police officer, runner, pedestrian, surfer and swimmer for the very first time, and we’ll keep rolling these out.

In an effort to make the emojis you send a better representation of our world, you will also be able to pick the skin color you prefer. All you have to do is set the color you want your default emojis to be when Messenger launches, and your emojis after that will follow your preference. Of course, you’ll have the option to change this in settings or even make a onetime decision. Also, at launch, we have emojis representing redheads for the first time.

On all platforms, the Messenger composer will now include an emoji picker to help you select the perfect emoji. Tap the new emoji icon at the left of the composer to find just the right emoji. It’s now easier than ever to toggle in between the regular text keyboard and the emoji keyboard.

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Facebook vice president of messaging products David Marcus also posted about the launch of the new emojis:

😀 to announce the 🚀 of the Messenger custom emoji set. Emojis are such an important part of making messaging more expressive, so we wanted to make them even better for you, and ensure consistency across all platforms (iOS, Android, web).

This update is rolling out globally over the next 48 hours. We hope you’ll enjoy it as much as we do! As always, give it a spin and let us know how we can make these emojis even better for you going forward.

Readers: What do you think of the new emojis for Messenger?

david.cohen@adweek.com David Cohen is editor of Adweek's Social Pro Daily.