The development team at Google hides fun little Easter eggs in almost all of the company’s products and services—including Google Hangouts. Here are 10 fun tricks you can use to amuse yourself and your friends the next time you chat.
If you need more dogs in your life, simply type “/corgis” into Google Hangouts and watch a short-legged pup strut across your chatbox. There are two different corgis, so keep typing the command for a chance to see each dog.
Are you bored at work? Type “/ponystream” (with the forward slash at the beginning) into Google Hangouts and watch a never ending stream of My Little Pony ponies prancing across your chat window. You'll notice that some have hats, sunglasses, and even flaming manes.
If you're overwhelmed by the endless stream, type in “/ponies” and only a single pony will appear on your screen.
Type “/shydino” into Google Hangouts and a small green dinosaur will slide onto the screen and hide behind an even smaller yellow house in the middle of the chat window. Typing it again will make it go away. "We had Hangouts users mistaking one of our emoji (the house with the tree) for a shy dinosaur hiding behind a house," Sanjay Mavinkurve, Google's Lead User Experience Designer for Hangouts, told HuffPost. "It seemed a shame to not have such an emoji, so we added the Easter egg."
This trick’s perfect if you’re playing any sort of online game that involves rolling dice. Simply type “/roll” into Google Hangouts, and you and whoever you’re chatting with will see a message saying you’ve rolled the die. You aren’t limited to traditional die, either. If you’re playing a virtual group game like Dungeons & Dragons that calls for a 20-sided die, type /rolld20.
If you want to respond to someone’s message with the classic ASCII shrug emoji but don’t want to type all the different characters, type /shruggie into Google Hangouts and the internet’s favorite symbol of ambivalence will appear.
Are you sick of the simple white background in Google Hangouts? Type in “/bikeshed” and your chatbox will change to a random color. If the hue doesn't quite match your desktop, type it again for a new color.
Angry at someone’s comment, but lack the words to say so? If you type “/pitchforks” into Google Hangouts, villagers with fire and pitchforks will run back and forth across your chat window.
9. Konami Code
Google programmers love the Konami Code, which originally appeared in old-school video games like Contra and Castlevania. You can tell how much they love it because they’ve included the special code in many services, including Google Hangouts. Leave your cursor open in Google Hangouts and click the following keys: Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, and then hit Enter. This will change your background from dull white to a lively mountainside setting with green trees and blue skies.
The Konami Code also works with Google Now (it unlocks “unlimited free” searches), Google Chromebook Pixel (it starts an exciting light show with its LED lightstrip), and Google Play Games on a touchscreen device (it unlocks trophies).
Need answers for life’s important questions, but don’t have a trusty Magic 8-Ball on hand? Type “/8ball” into Google Hangouts and see what your future holds. And, if you don’t like the answer to your question, just type “/ball” again and again until you get the response you’re looking for.