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Three years ago we gave up our nice office jobs and started creating emoticons. We were the first people to provide custom emoticons for MSN Messenger. Our emoticons are completely free…that’s free from any charge to use them and free from that annoying adware and spyware that takes over computers and makes us really irritable.

The idea behind My Emoticons was to make it easy for people to express themselves when they’re chatting on MSN Messenger (the only Instant Messenger service that supports custom emoticons). We’re all moody little beings sometimes and it’s fun to show it. Images, especially animated ones make chatting simpler and make our friends laugh – a lot. Let’s face it, we all like a bit of recognition, to stand out in the crowd. That’s what we wanted to help people do with our free emoticons.

So about a year ago we decided to take our idea a step further. We started to think about what we could bring to the display image – the pic you use to show a little more about yourself in instant messenger. A lot of people use photos, we do too. But sometimes, change is a good thing and we wanted something more.

My Display Image was born. What we’ve tried to do at all times is focus on quality. That’s why we invented the ‘Q Score’ where ‘Q’ means quality. For sure the images are small but that doesn’t mean quality should be compromised. We’ve got a growing collection of high quality display images for instant messenger. At the same time we’ve made a real effort to invent categories that are meaningful. Our search functionality is there to help you find exactly what you’re looking for. We find it incredibly annoying searching endlessly through pages of images. We’ve done our best to cut down the time it takes to find an image.

Different instant messenger services use different names for images. For example Yahoo calls avatars, and sometimes display pictures. AOL Messenger or AIM calls them buddy icons. MSN Messenger calls them display pictures. We call them display images. We like to be different. We’ve extended the service to include images for blogs that could be used as a profile image or an image connected to a post. Away messages are becoming increasingly popular for instant messenger so we’ve created a collection of those too.

We always want to improve. We’re interested to know more about what you think and love it when you get involved. Let us know any ideas by contacting us at hello AT If you have any business partnerships you think we would be interested in contact us at partner AT IMPORTANT NOTE: we can’t write the email address in full because spammers will find it and spam us so change the word ‘AT’ to @.

We like change so we don’t have an office. We’re a global company – some of us are in London, some Australia, some India. We’ve even run the business from Mexico. What’s best is that our friends from around the world inspire us with new ideas all the time. A global family of little image addicts.

our ethics
we try hard to do our best...

Work hard, play hard. That’s our mantra. That doesn’t mean we don’t do lots of work, it just means we keep focused and make sure we have fun. That includes taking regular ‘energy boost’ breaks. During an energy boost break we get out - walk somewhere, get a drink, maybe a snack and chat (usually about work!). It works wonders.

It sounds a bit ‘goody two shoes’ but we consider ourselves fortunate to lead the lives we do. For that we reason we want to help others too. Our strategy for doing so is simple.

Firstly, we want people to have fun. That’s the only reason we exist. What’s more we want having fun to be simple. If our images aren’t doing just that – let us know. You’ll see that all your online buddies can see our images when you chat, there’s no complicated software installation involved. We also test our service before we let you see the finished product. If it’s not good enough for us (and we have high standards), it’s not good enough for you.

Secondly you’ll notice we have an ad for Kiva on the home page. We chose not to use all the space for Google ads. Kiva is a really innovative charity we donate money to. Kiva works by allowing us to lend money to a specific entrepreneur in a developing world, empowering that person to lift themselves out of poverty. For example we lent some money to a single mother in Uganda to help her buy more produce to sell at the local market.

Finally, we don’t drop litter and we recycle the waste we create. Make sure you do the same. Being a litterbug is bad.  And one more thing, we try to buy second hand books to save trees.
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