If you’ve been thinking the 850 hand-drawn emoji included in Hangouts aren’t enough for you, we’ve got some good news, you can now decorate your chats with moving animations.
In the chat window, you can now punch in codes to add some fun animations. For instance, typing /ponystream into the chat window in the web interface and hitting enter will prompt dancing ponies to appear.
In addition to the stampeding ponies, there’s a shy dinosaur (/shydino), an angry, charging pitchfork mob (/pitchforks), and you can even change the chat background by inputting a variation of the Konami “Contra Code” with your keyboard. (make sure your cursor is not active then – up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A – Enter)
Keep in mind that the codes only work with Hangouts in Gmail and Google+ and not in the Chrome Extension or on the old Google Chat.
Have a bit of fun and give them a go, Happy Hangouts!