As the popularity of Facebook chat increases, more and more people are figuring out how to use special symbols and emoticons to add emphasis and emotion to their chat messages. There are hundreds of different icons that can be used in Facebook chat, but some are more popular than others.

Top Facebook emoticons

When you chat online, it is harder for people to understand whether you are being serious or sarcastic because they can't hear your tone of voice. You can use any of these emoticons to help make your meaning clearer. Here are the top five emoticons used on Facebook along with descriptions of each of them.

The Five Top Facebook Emoticons

5 – Heart Emoticon

The heart makes it easy to declare your love to that special someone. You can also use it with your good friends, parents, aunts and grandparents. Yes, even grandparents are getting into Facebook now. It is not uncommon to find three generations of a family keeping in touch with each other through Facebook chat.

4 – Devil Symbol

Why would anyone want to use the devil symbol on Facebook chat? Well, it is an easy way to illustrate that you know you are being mischievous, devious or even mean. You might not be completely evil, but everyone has a dark side. For the meanest comments, you can accompany the devil symbol with a hearty "Mwahahaha."

3 – Robot Symbol

The robot might not be a very cool dance anymore, but it sure is a cool icon. If you use the robot symbol in your Facebook chat messages, you're sure to have people asking you how to do it.

2 – Pacman Emoticon

If you are old enough to remember the 80's, then you undoubtedly know who Pacman is. Lately all of the old arcade game icons are making a big comeback. When it comes to video games, everything old is cool again.

1 – Shark Symbol

The shark symbol is one of the coolest emoticons on Facebook right now. Maybe it's because of all the shark movies or just because it's not something you see every day. Whatever the reason, this symbol is probably the coolest one on Facebook.

Which Facebook emoticons do you like best?