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Skype launches human emoticons

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Emoticons help transmit tone and feelings through text communications, but sometimes the standard :), :-X, or (-_-) fails to accurately convey your emotions. Skype now offers a solution to your emoticon woes with Humoticons, developed in conjuction with ad agency Pereira & O’Dell.

Skype explains how it works:

The Skype Humoticons app allows you to mimic classic emoticons by capturing images of your own facial expressions (from an existing photo or by snapping a picture with your webcam), which you can then post in our Humoticon gallery or share on your Facebook wall. And if you really want to fully express yourself, make an animated Humoticon by taking up to five pictures to show others how you really feel. Once you’re done, you can also download your Humoticon, or copy its URL, to share it in an instant message.

The Humoticons launch is part of a $12 million marketing rework by Microsoft to reshape the way consumers view Skype.

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