Is Your Friend Feeling Sad? Send Them A Pony In Google Hangouts

Folks? I am delighted.

Hangouts_IconSeriously.

I am 100%, totally, unequivocally, and in all other ways DELIGHTED.

There are lots of reasons for that, but one of them—and a big one—is GCHAT. And before you start judging my personal life based on my giddiness about my instant messenger of choice (and, who am I kidding, I’d probably do the same to you if the Jimmy Choos were on the other foot), let me lay it down for you.

There are lots of instant messengers at our disposal.

We’ve got iMessage (assuming you’re an iPhone devotee), What’s App, FB Messenger, Snapchat, Viber, Line, Hangouts (also known as GCHAT), Skype, Tango, and so on. Our messaging cup is filled to brimming, y’all!

So, why is GCHAT/Hangouts my favorite?

There is a veritable metric TON of reasons, not the least of which is that it’s an app that’s compatible not just with iPhone AND Android, but that you can use to message people who are still holding on to their Blackberrys and StarTACs with all their might.

It works as both an SMS app and an instant messenger. Oh, and it’s all kinds of free. BONUS. And there are more cool Hangouts features! You can use it to make phone calls (you know … when you actually TALK to another person), share various types of media (like when you want to send that bananapants dance video you just saw on Facebook) and do video chats, too.

In short, GCHAT/Hangouts is B-to the-A (that means it’s really super great). But GCHAT offers some stuff that I don’t know you’re gonna find on other instant messaging applications.

There are things like … cheering alien-type guys … dinosaurs … pitchfork-wielding hordes … and ponies. Yes, my friends. There are ponies.

The good folks at Google, bless their hearts (and I mean that in the good way, really), have hidden some Easter eggs in GCHAT that, when you find them, can make your messaging experience downright FUN.

wootExcited for this news? Great! Type “woot” into your chat box and get the woot-iest woot guy you ever saw.
Is it your co-worker’s birthday? Awesome!
Type “happy birthday” in there and see what happens (it’s cooler than the other side of the pillow, believe us).

Want to say something other than LOL when your chat-ee says something funny? Type “hahahaha” in the chat box and see what happens.

But here, people, is where we get serious. Here is where the secrets GO TO ELEVEN.

Screen Shot 2015-04-07 at 10.57.33 PMTired of whatever conversation you’re having? Type in “/ponies” and watch the discussion go all “Hey, look! A bunny!” on you.

If that doesn’t work, try “/ponystream” … your coworkers won’t know what hit them.

Feeling timid? Try “/shydino” and see where that gets you (betting you get an ice cream cone in a hurry).

And if someone on your team is using buzz-speak too much or they’ve proposed an idea that’s the worst thing since New Coke, type in “/pitchforks” and let us know what happened.
You can find a bunch of other GCHAT Easter eggs here. For now, we’re gonna get down with the woot. He’s a happy guy and is kind of The Geeky Girls’ mascot.

Chat on, folks! Have you found any other hidden secrets in GCHAT or anyplace else? Let us know!

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