Make it optional for text faces such as :) to automatically change to the emoji version.
When you are typing a face like :| or :) it changes it to the animated emoji version. It's kind of annoying because the original text faces are icon, fun, and well known, so it's weird when they change to something else. All of my friends and some acquaintances all agree with this, and think it would be a good feature to have a pop up option appear when typing the faces out. It could be optional, and would help correctly display the emotion that the user want to.
Exactly what I came here for. Super irritating :/