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How The Science Of Compassion Informed Facebook’s New Emoticons

How The Science Of Compassion Informed Facebook’s New Emoticons

To enrich the connections that people make on the social network, compassion researcher Dacher Keltner helped design a set of animated stickers.

Emma Hutchings

Facebook has started rolling out it’s new animated Stickers, to help enrich the connections that people make on the social network. TechCrunch reports that the Finch sticker set was designed by UC Berkeley compassion researcher Dacher Keltner, who worked with the company to develop a way of having better emotional understanding online.

How The Science Of Compassion Informed Facebook’s New Emoticons

After helping users share their feelings with a visual emotion system for the peer resolution flow that lets people sort out their disagreements, he collaborated with illustrator Matt Jones and animator Sam Hood to bring his research to life via emoticon-style Stickers.

The Finch set of vivid emoticons is animated to move and smile at the user. If you select one of the various options to send to a friend, it will demonstrate it’s animation once, and again if you or your friend taps it.

Facebook’s animated Sticker pack is being introduced in Facebook for iOS and Messenger for Android. Soon users will be able to send them with Messenger for iOS and Facebook for Android too.

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