Part 5: How to Insert Smilies, Pictures, & Links in Chat

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Post November 15th, 2010, 2:13 pm

You can insert smilies, pictures, and links in chat, and this tutorial will show you how to do it. Please remember, as always, to keep everything G-rated.


SMILIES

Smilies are the most common pictures seen in chat. These are little pictures which are used to add emotional context to words and phrases. Common ones include lol (regular laugh) and LOL (really big laugh). Since typed words lack body and voice language, smilies are frequently used to convey intent, especially if the typed words can be interpreted in more than one way.

For example, “I love my job” could mean that you really do love your job or the exact opposite! In the latter case, you could add lol after the statement to indicate that you are being sarcastic. Abbreviations, such as “j/k” for “just kidding” can also be used.

Smilies are especially handy in an international chat, such as ours. Non-native English speakers can more easily get the tone of a statement from a smily than from words. Even amongst native English speakers, words and phrases may have entirely different meanings between different countries and cultures, so smilies can help to minimize misunderstandings.

Just remember that while smilies are fun and useful, try not to go overboard with them! You can repeat the same smily two or three times for emphasis, such as OMG OMG, but stringing together multiple unrelated smilies is generally discouraged because it gets confusing.

There are three ways to insert smilies into chat. A number of smilies have been preloaded into our chat for easy availability.


INSERT SMILIES #1

The easiest way to insert smilies is by clicking on the “Smilies” button below the chat box. A group of smilies appears such as these:

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Click on the smily you want to use and it will appear in the chat box. Click the “Smilies” button a second time to close the smilies panel.

There are actually two more screens of smilies in our system, some of which are smilies from the first page which spill over to the other pages when extras, such as the Christmas smilies, are added.

These can be accessed by clicking on the "View more smilies" link on the bottom of the Smilies panel.

The first screen of smilies will come up showing the same ones as on the main smilies screen. Resize the box by expanding to full screen or dragging the boundaries. The other two pages can be accessed by “previous”, “next”, "2", or "3". With resizing, they look like this:

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Just click on the smily to insert in chat, and then close the box.


INSERT SMILIES #2

Almost every smily in our system has a code which can be typed instead of clicking on the smily. This can often be quicker than using method #1. Most codes consist of a word surrounded by colons, such as :word:. For example, typing “:rose:” (without the quotes) directly into the chat box comes up as :rose:. Codes are in lower case with no spaces between words if there is more than one word. Once you have a few favorites memorized, it is often quicker to just type the code rather than opening and closing the smily panel. You can find out what the code is for a smily by hovering your mouse over the smily in the panel.

There are a few exceptions to this rule where just typing the word without the colon gives you the smily. These are “lol” (no quotes) for lol, “LOL” for LOL, “OMG” for OMG, and “hahaha” for hahaha. There are also a few that do not come up by code.


INSERT SMILIES #3

Any other smilies you wish to insert in chat need to be inserted using IMG code. To find smilies on the Internet, just do a search for "smily" or "smilies", possibly with the kind of smily you are looking for. There are plenty of sites out there with smilies. Here are a couple of sites to get you started:

http://s717.photobucket.com/albums/ww17 ... r/Smileys/

http://smiles.int-world.com/smile.bereich35_0.html

If you see someone on chat with interesting smilies, right click on the smily and copy the URL so you can see where they came from.

In order to insert the smily, you need the image URL. Right-click on the image, bringing up a menu. Choose the option to “copy image URL”, “copy image location”, "view image info", view "properties", or something similar, depending on your browser. If you are viewing image info or properties, you may then need to actually copy the image URL.

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Alternatively, the page you are on may directly provide IMG code, such as this:

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If so, copy the IMG code. If you have the IMG code, you can paste it directly into the chat box and your smily will appear.

If you have the URL, but not the IMG code, click on the “BBCodes” button under the chat window. Options will appear, including a button labeled “Img”.

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Click on “Img”, and your chat box will look like this:


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You cursor will be blinking between the two boxes. Paste in the URL you copied, then hit enter. Your smily will appear in chat.

Congratulations! You have mastered smilies!


PICTURES

FROM THE INTERNET

To insert pictures off the Internet into chat, you will need to get the image URL for the picture you want. Right-click on the image, bringing up a menu. Choose the option to “copy image URL”, “copy image location”, "view image info", view "properties", or something similar, depending on your browser. If you are viewing image info or properties, you may then need to actually copy the image URL. Try to choose small pictures so that the whole picture will appear in chat without needing enlargement.

Once you have the URL copied, click on the “BBCodes” button under the chat window. Options will appear, including a button labeled “Img”.

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Click on “Img”, and your chat box will look like this:


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You cursor will be blinking between the two boxes. Paste in the URL you copied, then hit enter. Your picture will appear in chat.

***NOTE: many pictures that come up when doing a search in Google are now in a format that cannot be pasted into chat. The URL starts with “data:image/jpg;base64”. These images cannot be used. When you paste them into the chat box, take a look at the beginning of the URL before hitting enter. If you see “data:image/jpg;base64”, delete the URL and look for another image. Wikipedia images almost always work. Once in a while an image just will not post. If that happens, just look for another image!


FROM YOUR COMPUTER

You can upload a photo or other picture from your computer to chat, but first you must upload it to an online site. Once it is there, you can copy URL or IMG code to chat.


Step 1: Upload Your Photo/Picture to a Photo-Sharing Website

The first part is uploading your picture. If you already have an online place to store your pictures, you can just upload your picture there and skip to the next section. If not, the quick and easy way to upload pictures is using http://tinypic.com/. This is the first screen you will see:

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Click on “Choose File” and pick the picture on your computer that you want to upload. Resize the picture to “Website/Email (320x240)". This is the perfect size for chat. Click on “Upload Now”. The following screen will come up:

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Type in the words you see, and then click “Upload Now”. This is the next screen you will see:

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On the right side, you will see a small version of the picture you have uploaded. You can view it full size, if you want, by clicking on “View Full Size Image”. On the left side, you see four different lines of code. The one you will need to upload your picture to backyardGALAHCam is the second one down – IMG Code for Forums & Message Boards. Put your mouse in this box, which should highlight the entire line. Right click with your mouse and highlight “copy”.

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For more details about alternatives to TinyPic, check out Part 3: How to Upload a Photo/Picture to Any Forum: http://www.backyardgalahcam.com.au/view ... ?f=8&t=105


Step 2: Upload Your Photo/Picture to Chat

Now that you have the IMG code, you can paste it directly into the chat box and your picture will appear. If you are using a different program than TinyPic to upload your picture, make sure you reduce the size of your picture to approximately 320 x 240 before copying it into chat. If you have your picture stored online, you can either get the IMG code from the program or copy the URL using the instructions above for pictures off the Internet.


LINKS

Links are really easy to post to chat. Just copy the link and paste it into the chat box! Please identify what the link is in front of the actual link so everyone knows what it is before clicking on it. Links should only be to G-rated material and preferably relevant to birds, animals, gardening, or the discussion at the time. Unauthorized advertising is not allowed.


VIDEO LINKS

Members may post links to videos, but because of concern about exposure to inappropriate comments, particularly on YouTube, we request that all YouTube videos be posted using the custom BBCode "youtube"

Go to the video you want to display. Click on "share" below the video:

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A link will appear in the box below:

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Copy the last portion of this link (after youtube.be/):

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Go to chat and click on "Custom BBCodes", then "youtube":

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This will appear in chat:

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Leaving the cursor where it is, paste your copied text in:

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Hit enter on your keyboard, and your video will appear! There is a play button for people to play the video:

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I know this seems like a lot of work, but once you get the hang of it, it really is quite quick!