10 Google Hangouts Easter Eggs
The development team at Google usually hides fun little treats or Easter eggs in almost all of the company’s products and services—including Google Hangouts. Here are 10 fun tricks you can use to amuse yourself and your friends.
Type “LMAO!!” (with the two exclamation points at the end) into Google Hangouts and an animated emoji will pop up to share a good laugh with you (and whoever you're typing to). Type it repeatedly and you'll eventually get a laughing fox and duck. "Hahahahahaha" and "Bwahahahahaha" will also bring up a laughing emoji or the fox/duck combo.
Are you bored at work? Type “/ponystream” (with the forward slash at the beginning) into Google Hangouts and watch a neverending stream of My Little Pony ponies running back and forth in your chat window. You'll notice that some have hats, sunglasses, and even flaming manes.
If you're overwhelmed by the stream, type in “/ponies”—only a single pony will appear.
Type “/shydino” into Google Hangouts and a small green dinosaur will slide onto the screen and hide behind an even smaller yellow house in the middle of the chat window. Typing it again will make it go away. "We had Hangouts users mistaking one of our emoji (the house with the tree) for a shy dinosaur hiding behind a house," Sanjay Mavinkurve, Google's Lead User Experience Designer for Hangouts, told HuffPost. "It seemed a shame to not have such an emoji, so we added the Easter egg."
Type “woot!!” into Google Hangouts and an animated emoji will pop up in the center of the chatbox to cheer you on. Type it in repeatedly and a fox and duck will cheer with you too. Typing “Woohoo!!” or "Yay!!" into Google Hangouts does the trick too. Just remember to use more than one exclamation point to really show your enthusiasm or nothing will pop up.
6. Happy Birthday!!
To wish someone a more festive birthday greeting, type “Happy Birthday!!” into Google Hangouts. You can get a number of emojis, including a happy emoji man popping out of a gift or a cake on a cart pushed by a fox (with a duck popping out!).
Are you sick of the simple white background in Google Hangouts? Type in “/bikeshed” and your chatbox will change to a random color. If the hue doesn't quite match your desktop, type it again for a new color.
Much like “/ponystream,” if you type “/pitchforks” into Google Hangouts, villagers with fire and pitchforks will run back and forth across your chat window.
9. Konami Code
Google programmers love the Konami Code, which originally appeared in old school video games like Contra and Castlevania. You can tell how much they love it because they’ve included the special code in many services, including Google Hangouts. Leave your cursor open in Google Hangouts and type: Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, and then hit Enter. This will change your background from dull white to a lively mountainside setting with green trees and blue skies.
The Konami Code also works with Google Now (it unlocks “unlimited free” searches), Google Chromebook Pixel (it starts an exciting light show with its LED lightstrip), and Google Play Games on a touchscreen device (it unlocks trophies).
10. Happy New Year!
Typing “Happy New Year!” in Google Hangouts (at any time during the year) will lead to an animated fox and duck who will celebrate the New Year with fireworks, trumpets, and overall merriment.