So apparently Mastodon instances can create their own custom emoticons, and these get federated when other servers connect in. I know this because in the settings panel I can see everything my instance has picked up over time.

Since I'm the one who runs this instance (and its only inhabitant), this means I am effectively free to add anything I want to my posts, provided I add it to the emoticon list first. Hm...

@captainspam Obviously a nasalfly has to be among the first additions.

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