Facebook winks are animated pictures that can be posted on your FB wall, sent to friends via Facebook email or chat. But why send winks when Facebook already offers emoticons? Facebook Winks: 5 Reasons Why You Should Use Them 1. Regular Facebook emoticons are limited in number. After a certain period of time, they become boring to use. Winks, on the other hand, are more diverse in number. 2. Winks emoticons are also more diverse in style. They can give you sound effects, cool texts with fun fonts, images, animations, and more. You have a wide range of fun choices to spice up your FB conversations. 3. Winks emoticons come in more animated, more interesting design than regular Facebook emoticons or smileys. 4. They dont require you to memorize codes to activate them. 5. They offer you fun ways to express yourself; you can become flirty, mischievous, crazy, or anything that you like. How to Get Facebook Winks Facebook natively offers emoticons only. The site doesnt have its own set of animated winks. Fortunately, a number of third party sites have developed wink applications for Facebook. There are hundreds of wink developers, but not all of them are compatible with Facebook. And then not all Facebook-specific wink apps offer the same quality, creativity, or range of animated winks. If you want to get the best Facebook wink app, you should screen your options. Here are some questions you should ask yourself when choosing a Facebook wink application. 1. Do you like the animations? 2. Can you afford it? Some developers offer their software for free, while some asks for a certain fee. Some are free for a certain period of time only (as trial offer), while some are totally free for unlimited period of time. 3. What the software requirements (e.g. browser OS, available PC storage, Adobe Flash)? Do you have them? 4. Can you send winks via Facebook chat, or can you only post them in your wall only? Does the application let you insert winks in your Facebook e-mail messages, too? Can you use them in all aspects of Facebook applications? It is important that you know this because some wink apps have limited uses. Once you have zeroed in on your option, you can now start the process of importing Facebook winks, to your Facebook account. 1. Download winks software. In fact, this is what will be the first thing you will be asked to do by most developers. Most applications are offered as add-on to your browser rather than to your computer. 2. At this point, you may be required to register an account by the third party site before you can use the application. 3. After you have successfully installed the application, the service will appear in your Facebook account (in your wall or Facebook Chat). 4. Click on the wink icon to launch and view your options. 5. Start sending winks emoticons to your friends via Facebook messaging or chat. As a side note, some developers require that your friends also have the application in their Facebook in order for them to view the winks, too. If such is the case, it is best if you invite your friend to download the application, too. 6. If you dont like the application, uninstall it according to developer specifications. As you can see, getting Facebook winks, is quick and easy. It may even take less than five minutes to complete the process, but the fun you can have with winks is endless.