Happy World Emoji Day!
Written By Kara Lefkowitz - July 17, 2019
Your friends send them, your favorite brands utilize them, and your mom loves them just a tad too much. So, what are Emojis exactly? Well, they’re just the most expressive keyboard your phone has, and it doesn’t even require letters! The Emoji keyboard has a universal nature that makes it hard to ignore. Today, we are doing just the opposite by celebrating World Emoji Day! Join us in celebrating with these interesting facts!
Today’s Emojis Come From All Over 🌎
Ever since the popularity of Emojis skyrocketed in the post-MySpace era other companies understood they needed to incorporate this special keyboard into their apps. Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Twitter all have their own different but similar looking Emojis.
The First Emoji Was Created In Japan 🗾
When emoticons like the classic smiley 🙂 or the flirty 😉 entered popular culture the next step were Emojis. Created in August 1999 by Shigetaka Kurita in Japan. The tiny characters that help us express ourselves better online, blasted onto the scene, with a lot of Japanese influence. From the bowing businessmen to some of the original food Emojis, like ramen.
Adding A New Emoji Is Harder Than You Might Think 🕑
Adding a new Emoji to Unicode is a formal process that can take more than 2 years. When the general public desires a new Emoji, it can trend and get national attention, but it still will take a while to reach smartphones. According to Emojipedia, there are ”3,019 Emojis in the Unicode Standard as of March 2019. This includes sequences for gender or skin tone, flags, and the components that are used to create keycap, flag, and other sequences”
The Hot Dog Emoji Was Up For Debate 🌭
The hotdog Emoji was one of the most requested Emojis, even getting a viral petition for the creation of the dog. The problem was the creators where struggling on what toppings to include on the iconic American delight (Mustard ultimately won out). Now its existence makes many people all over the globe very happy.
The Reach Of Emojis Is Hard To Fathom 👽
With availability on just about every modern smart device, Emojis are accessible to social media users from young to old all across the globe! It is reported that 5 BILLION Emojis are sent on Facebook in a single day! There is no doubt Emojis have revolutionized how we communicate in the digital age.
Hollywood Hears It’s Popular–Hollywood Makes It A Movie 🎥
The Emoji Movie premiered last fall to an uproar of mass confusion. This silly children’s movie earned a whopping 7% score on Rotten Tomatoes! While Emojis themselves are a great way to communicate, their movie didn’t quite talk the talk.
The Same Images On Your Phone Are Hanging In A Museum 🎨
On the flip side, the actual art of Emoji’ has been admired for its impact on society. The Museum of Modern Art houses the ORIGINAL Emoji collection. Talk about fine art!
Emojis Are A Measurable Medium 📈
Twitter has invented their very own Emoji Tracker! The Emoji Tracker has been described as “an experiment in real time visualization”. The software is keeping track of how many and what Emojis are being used on their platform. The 😂 is the most popular!
The History Behind The #Holiday 📅
The first World Emoji Day took place in 2014. The holiday is celebrated with emoji events and product releases. As well as annually trending on twitter and being discussed on talk shows.
All Demographics Use Emojis
Even though the majority is younger, everyone can get butterflies from receiving a 💜 Emoji or go beyond the “LOL” with a 😂. Emojis help people connect and show emotions. Some even Calling Emojis the new global language. There is beauty in the fact that no matter what language you speak a 💜 is a 💜
Emoji’s have definitely infiltrated everyone’s lives. The ability to send a heart or a smiley face really helps connect people. The old saying that a picture is worth a thousand words really has proven true with Emojis success. This digital language is worth celebrating every July 17th! How will you spend your World Emoji Day 🤔 ?
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