If you are like me and are a huge fan of Gmail, there is another great new feature for the popular email service from Google. In the past couple of weeks, there have been several new features added to Gmail including canned responses and an e-mail sobriety test. There is yet another new feature today that will likely excite any instant messenger fan, emoticons.
Yesterday afternoon, the Official Gmail Blog announced that you can now have emoticons in your email. There are a ton of these little animated things, so you might want to check these out, especially if you are into writing causal emails.
While some of these are cool, I don’t expect this to become the norm for business emails. Personally, I almost never write email unless its for more of a professional purpose. The last time I sent a casual, “Hi! How are you?” email was when my best friend was deployed to Iraq. Even then, I never used any key combinations to indicate winks, smiles or anything else. Emoticons certainly have their place in email, but I personally think they should be left to forums, chat and IM applications.
Anyway, if you have Gmail, check out the new emoticons and leave a comment telling me what you think about them.