Facebook’s new Messenger app will be powered by emoji, the social network announced Thursday.
According to a blog post, users can add emojis to a message or comment and “use the same emoji for a wide range of emoticons, such as happy, sad, angry, excited, disappointed, and others.”
Users can also add emoji to the bottom of a photo to show that the person sharing it is happy, or to indicate they have a new friend.
The feature will be available starting April 4.
“With the Messenger app, users will be able to easily share content with friends and loved ones, or even just share content to friends, as well as have emoji-powered conversation,” Facebook said in the blog post.
The messaging app will also use emoji for chat, in addition to emoji for videos and photos.
In an interview with The Verge, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg noted that the emoji feature is “a pretty big deal for us.”
“It’s a way to make the app more accessible to more people.
It’s an easy way to let people know when something interesting happens in Messenger.
It will also be really fun to see how that evolves,” he said.”
We’ve had a lot of success with Messenger and we think Messenger is a great platform for a lot more people to communicate and have a lot less friction.”
Facebook plans to roll out the feature in the coming months.