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I know of a few simple emoticons that translate to images like

:) turns into a smile;
:putnam: turns into a Facebook engineer named Putnam.

But what is the extent of emoticons available in chat? Is there somewhere where I can find the entire list?

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The list is = number of facebook users + ~10 normal emoticons(:), :P etc).

No, not kidding, you can take any user's profile picture and turn it into an emoticon. Take anyone's profile find his profile ID and post it to chat like [[PROFILE_ID]], and his/her profile image will turn into an emoticon. E.g. -

enter image description here

Try it. :)

Update: Finding the user ID is a bit tricky.

For the users who didn't setup a username, their profile page looks like this - https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002872529, and you know that's the user ID.

For those who have setup an user ID - go to their profile page, view the source of that page with your browser(For chrome, you press Ctrl + U), search for this exact text - profile_owner and you'll see something like "profile_owner":"100002872529". There you have the ID.

This is the fastest way for me, if anyone has even faster way, please post. :P

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+1 & comment for that awesomeness –  Dez Apr 5 '12 at 11:55
    
well how to find users profile id? –  Ant's Apr 12 '12 at 8:04
    
Check the answer, updated it. –  Bibhas Apr 12 '12 at 12:31
    
Some enterprising fb users have created entities specifically for use in such macros, e.g. [[roxsign]], [[midfing]]. –  intuited Apr 30 '13 at 14:05
    
Also it looks like you no longer need to find out the numeric user ID—the name-like alias seems to work now. –  intuited Apr 30 '13 at 14:17
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smile :-) :) :] =)

frown :-( :( :[ =(

tongue :-P :P :-p :p =P

grin :-D :D =D

gasp :-O :O :-o :o

wink ;-) ;)

glasses 8-) 8) B-) B)

sunglasses 8-| 8| B-| B|

grumpy >:( >:-(

unsure :/ :-/ :\ :-\

cry :'(

devil 3:) 3:-)

angel O:) O:-)

kiss :-* :*

heart <3

kiki ^_^

squint -_-

confused o.O O.o

upset >:O >:-O >:o >:-o

pacman :v

curly lips :3

robot :|]

Chris Putnam :putnam:

Shark (^^^)

Penguin <(")

42 :42:

"Like" thumbs-up (y)

friendly turd :poop:

Sources:

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There are a bunch more (including many of the [[...]] variety) here: emoticon.wikia.com/wiki/Facebook_Chat_Emoticons –  intuited Apr 30 '13 at 14:30
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There are many more "special" emoticons. Most work only in comments, but some work in messages or chat, too: Complete List of Facebook Emoticons

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