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I want an application like TextPics on iOS, but for use in OS X. I want to use it with chat programs, web sites (twitter, facebook, et al), etc.

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Emoji is the one that's gained the most notoriety.

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I'm aware of Emoji but I'm looking at ascii emoticons – Aragorn Mar 11 '12 at 16:15
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Currently the application that I'm using is Crazy Text it lacks the ascii emoticons, but so far is the better one that has the TextPics capabilities on OS X

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