Stickers, Gifs, Emoticons (maybe stupid...maybe not)

Hi everybody,

Can't do much here on community but still throw some ideas.

I must say that the more I use Telegram IM the more I think it would be very nice to have a plugin for Elgg adding:

  • emoticons (this should be relatively easy by adding to the bundled ckeditor, possibly with a setting in admn area) this module http://ckeditor.com/addon/smiley or any other emoticon service)
  • but, better, stickers
  • and gifs

I know this can sound a very stupid thing to all great devs here but makes communications way more fun, people really like it...well, including myself I guess. They all add emotions/fun/entertainment to text, we are still humans (luckily)! :)

Cheers

  • i am using my emoticon_css plugin: https://elgg.org/plugins/1520396

    you can decide which parts of the site will have emoticons added and which will not by following the guidelines / notes for the plugin.

    there are other emoticon plugins for elgg but i use this one as it doesn't use any image files.

  • Thanks Ura.

    Before posting I searched for a plugin here in community but found nothing as I meant. Yours and Slyhne's plugins only and they both rely on users writing text then being converted into icons but that's...web 1.0....old like us :D (<--- my 20YO cousin doesn't even know what this is...typo? Software problem? Broken smartphone? :D)

    Jokes apart, that style is for internet users of certain age and devs.

    Average users want to:

    1. tap on a menu item
    2. select desired emoticon/gif/sticker (even browsing them is starting to be perceived as annoying...like screens should be able to show al of them at once...)
    3. send

    Unfortunatey we can't change that and anyways....quick/intuitive interfaces are and will be a must to think about as devs/site admins.

    Cheers

    M

    PS The more I think about it the more I'm convinced, See how many News in this directions by Telegram, FB, Skype, Whatsapp,...

  • I think Telegram is using this service https://github.com/giphy/GiphyAPI which seems to have a public, OSS API...posting here for future reference.

  • i do like using the emoticon system in rocket.chat as there is a big collection of them in there. basically, i would like to combine rocket.chat with elgg - taking the best parts of both. https://rocket.chat/