Skype™, the popular real-time peer-to-peer chatting, calling, and video-conferencing software, has changed its emoticon design in version 5.5. This is an interesting choice, seeing as this move has historically never brought anything good to any chat provider, except perhaps when ICQ changed its smileys sometime around version 4, and there was the option to keep using the old ones.
The emoticons are so called because they indeed have to do with emotions. When we can’t be with our friends and family, we use chat to represent our feelings and sentiments using little familiar images. Using emoticons, you can sometimes talk without words and share your joy, worry, love, tiredness, or happiness easily with. And share we did — we associated many happy memories with the cutesy, yellow smiley faces of Skype™.
So why would Skype™ do this to us, its users? Why change what’s already great and well loved? Why change the signature sauce of the best restaurant in town?
Of course, ILoveToronto.com doesn’t know what insane marketing decision led the Skype™ team to carry out such a brutal action without even giving Skype users the opportunity to choose. Do you know of anyone who even likes the new set of smileys? Are they supposed to be trendier and appear more realistic and 3D? Does anyone even care for that kind of trendiness?
We think that the biggest issue lies in the fact that some of the smileys now represent different emotions than what we were used to. Take, for example, the tongue-out smiley, the worried smiley, or even the waving smiley. They are just not as cute in the new set, don’t you think?
Let us know in the comments why you loved the old emoticons, and speak up if you want them back! (facepalm)
How do you feel about this change – do you love it or do you still hate it, even after all this time? We have decided to discover what’s the WORST EMOTICON of them all!
How can you participate? Check out our I ❤ TORONTO Facebook page application and vote. The results for the most terrible emoticon will be published on February 1st!