Ever since we launched HipChat, emoticons have been one of our favorite features. Last year, we launched a referral program which gave groups an opportunity to get their own custom emoticons in exchange for referring new teams to HipChat. Fast forward 8 months or so and we’ve noticed a couple things about the referral program:
- Lots of groups want custom emoticons without having to find someone to refer
- We had to handle each referral request for emoticons manually, via email, which isn’t very efficient
So, we’ve decided to rethink how we handle custom emoticons. Given how awesome they are, we figured, why not just let users upload their own emoticons? And that’s exactly what we’ve done.
Now, group admins can control the list of emoticons specific to their team by going to https://www.hipchat.com/admin/emoticons. Upload any image (within limits) and it will immediately be available to all your users connected on HipChat clients. Each group can add up to 25 emoticons for use by their members.
Try it out! We hope it makes your chat experience a little more fun.