Best Hidden features of Google Chat
There are a few fun tricks hidden inside Hangouts, Google’s chat product.
1/bikeshed – Best Hidden features of Google Chat
Tapping in /bikeshed changes the background colour of the chat window, with a choice of green, blue, purple, pink, orange or mustard as you enter it repeatedly.
2/me – Best Hidden features of Google Chat
Typing /me into a chat followed by a sentence, such as ‘/me is hungry’ turns the message into an third person action.
3/shydino – Best Hidden features of Google Chat
Tying /shydino triggers an animation of a small house, and a tiny dinosaur zooming in to hide behind it. One you get fed up of him, typing /shydino again will make him disappear.
4/ponies – Best Hidden features of Google Chat
Are you a fan of My Little Pony? Enter /ponies to see one canter across your screen.
5/ponystream – Best Hidden features of Google Chat
If one isn’t enough, type /ponystream to summon an entire herd of galloping ponies. Re-entering the phrase or closing the window gets rid of them once they get too irritating 🙂 .
6/pitchforks – Best Hidden features of Google Chat
Ever wanted to see a tiny angry mob waving pitchforks run across your chat window? Enter /pitchforks to make all your dreams come true.
7Chat backgrounds- Best Hidden features of Google Chat
If the /bikesheds colour background change wasn’t enough for you, entering pressing the up arrow key twice, down arrow twice, left, right, left, right, B, A, then pressing Enter will change the chat background to a delightful image of a tree.