logo
logo

Facebook is working on a way to turn you into an emoji

avatar
Rodney Edson
img

Not content to simply allow you to respond to your friends posts with text chat or its recently launched Reactions which no one uses anyway , Facebook is devising a way to turn you into an emoji.

Here s how it would work, according to the patent: When a user goes to enter a common emoji using its text-activated outline in a comment or message thread, Facebook will identify an image of the user that corresponds to the selected emoji an image of the person smiling in exchange for a smiley emoticon, for example .

Facebook s personalized emoji process as illustrated in its patent

The patent will likely rely on Facebook s facial recognition software, which scans tagged photos for biometric data that can help it identify corresponding faces in other images.

Despite legal action banning the auto-tagging system in parts of Europe and in Canada, it is still widely used in the U.S. on Facebook, and its Moments app.

We re guessing it will be limited to smileys and other emotive face icons that can be customized to fit user images.

Seeing as Facebook patented its Reactions feature almost two years prior to its release, we could be in for a bit of a wait before we can run rampant with our very own miniature icons.

collect
0
avatar
Rodney Edson
guide
Zupyak is a free content platform for publishing and discovering stories, software and startups.