A language we all understand.

Petra Ivanigova
Mar 24 · 3 min read
Photo by Lidya Nada on Unsplash

1. THE FIRST EMOJI WAS CREATED IN JAPAN

These little characters are changing the way we communicate. The first emoji has been designed in Japan by Shigetaka Kurita in 1999. Some emojis are very specific to Japanese culture, such as a bowing businessman🙇, a face wearing a face mask😷, or a group of emoji representing popular foods like ramen noodles🍜 and sushi🍣.

2. EMOJI POPULARITY IS CREDITED TO APPLE

They were originally made for cellphones, but then fully embraced by the masses in 2012 when Apple released iOS 6. iPhone users quickly learned they could activate the emoji keyboard to add fun smileys and tiny icons in their text messages.

3. EMOJI WAS ADDED TO OXFORD DICTIONARIES

In August 2013 was emoji added to Oxford Dictionaries. The definition of emoji in English:

“A small digital image or icon used to express an idea or emotion.”

In Japanese emoji means e ‘picture’ + moji ‘letter, character’ 🤓.

4. THE 150 MOST-USED EMOJIS ON TWITTER

www.brandwatch.com

Based on Brandwatch Analytics, the most-used emoji on Twitter is 😂.

5. MEN USE👀 AND WOMEN USE🙄

The research says that men are more likely to use 👀, 😎, 🤔, 😅, and women are more likely to use 🙄, ❤️, 😴, 🙃, and 💜.

6. EMOJIS ARE TRACKED IN REAL TIME

Emoji Trackers, described as being “an experiment in real-time visualization”, shows how many people around the world are tweeting out emoji on Twitter. It constantly updates information so you can see the number count beside each emoji increase right in front of your eyes. 75% of the emojis published on Twitter are positive.

7. WORLD EMOJI DAY IS CELEBRATED 17 JULY📅

The first World Emoji Day was in 2014. It is a day of “global celebration of emoji” and emoji product releases. New emoji characters are approved on an annual basis as part of wider updates to the Unicode Standard. 230 new emojis are approved in 2019, these will come to major platforms throughout the year.

8. MUSEUM OF MODERN ART DISPLAYS ORIGINAL SET OF EMOJIS

The original 176 emojis for mobile phones and pagers released in 1999 are displayed in New York. They were designed on a simple 12 × 12 pixel grid but play a huge role in today’s emoji designs.

9. EMOJI TRANSLATORS EXPLAIN EMOJI MEANINGS

There are so many of them online to help us understand what they mean.

Categories in Emojipedia:

  • 😃 Smileys & People
  • 🐻 Animals & Nature
  • 🍔 Food & Drink
  • ⚽ Activity
  • 🌇 Travel & Places
  • 💡 Objects
  • 🔣 Symbols
  • 🎌 Flags

10. THE EMOJI MOVIE WAS IN 2017

It is about a gene, a multi-expressional emoji, sets out on a journey to become a normal emoji. At the 38th Golden Raspberry Awards, it won in four categories: Worst Picture, Worst Director, Worst Screen Combo and Worst Screenplay, making it the first animated film to receive nominations and wins in any of those categories.


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