There’s a lot going on here at Textbox.io! We’ve added some new features like emoji and embedded content previews, and for our friends using Firefox, Textbox.io is now available on the Firefox Add-on marketplace.
What are emoji? Originating in Japan, emoji are the cute symbols you see popping up in your mobile phone messages and around the web. It’s way more than just ‘smiley faces’ though, there are over 800 emoji icons that you can access in Textbox.io!
You can insert any emoji via its short-code (i.e: :smiley:). An exhaustive list of emoji short-codes is available at Emoji Cheat Sheet. For those who use Github or Basecamp, these short-codes should be familiar.
For those who are short-code-averse, a limited number of emoji are directly available in the toolbar.
Embedded Link Previews
Just as in Facebook, Link Previews add a short description and a thumbnail for hyperlinks. Try it out by simply pasting a hyperlink (http://…) into a blank paragraph followed by the enter key. Textbox.io will generate a handsome looking preview of the linked document. It’s a great (and no-effort) way for you to give your readers to get a quick sense of what you’re linking to.
Firefox – At last!
One final piece of good news is that Textbox.io is now available as a Firefox Add-on. Firefox fans can now take advantage of Textbox.io features in Gmail, Yahoo! Mail and Tumblr (no Chrome required). You can get the Add-on immediately from the Firefox Add-on marketplace.
We hope all this new Textbox.io goodness makes you 🙂 !
UPDATE: Textbox.io’s Firefox and Chrome add-ons have been discontinued, as have the emoji feature. You can use Textbox.io in your own applications via the SDK or in various third party applications such as IBM Connections.