10 ridiculously cute Google Hangout Easter eggs

Use these tricks to liven up your Hangout chats.

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Adding flare to your Google Hangouts conversations is right at your fingertips. Google has hidden some super-adorable Easter eggs you can unlock to reveal some lol-worthy emojis and animations.

1. Typing /shruggie sends this little guy to your friend ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.

2. Sending /facepalm sends (-‸ლ).

3. Every time you type /bikeshed the background color of your chat window changes colors.

4. Press up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A and Enter keys on your keyboard and the background changes into a mountain scene. This is called Konami Code and it works with many different online sites and services to trigger Easter eggs.

5. Typing /ponies makes a My Little Pony run across the screen.

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A single pony.

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6. Sending /ponystream brings a galloping herd of My Little Ponies to your chat window. Type /ponystream again to turn it off.

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A ponystream.

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7. Type /shydino and a tiny house and a tiny dinosaur pops up in the chat screen.

Shy Dino and his little house.

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8. Angry? Type /pitchforks and a mob of pitchfork-carrying people runs across the chat screen.

Apparently the mob has a problem with Shy Dino.

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9.Sending /me adds a your Google avatar and your name to the chat.

Add your face to the chat.

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10.Sending /tableflip gives you a table flip character string (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻ :

Table flip when an angry mob just won't do.

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