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A BRIEF HISTORY: The "birth" of emoji is credited to Shigetaka Kurita, an employee at the Japanese telecom company NTT Docomo. In the late 1990s, the company was looking for a way to distinguish its pager service in a very tight market. Kurita hit on the idea of adding simplistic cartoon images to its messaging functions as a way to appeal to teens.e·mo·ji ēˈmōjē/ noun - an emoji is a small digital image or icon used to express an idea, emotion, etc., in electronic communication.
HOW THEY'RE USED: Emoji are used to illustrate, and/or replace words we send each other digitally, (in text messages, emails, or tweets). While originally developed for the Japanese market, they're now available on smartphones and more. According to Adam Sternberg ("Smile, You're Speaking Emoji") emoji are now used more frequently on Twitter than are hyphens or the numeral 5.
In 2013, in response to the question “Do you use stickers or emoji in message apps?” 74% of people in the U.S. and 82% in China responded that they have. (Stickers are a kind of faux emoji—things like Seinfeld Emoji or the “Peanuts” characters you find on Facebook—that you can send using certain apps but that aren’t baked into Unicode.)
Emoji are used to represent emotions; people; locations; events; sounds; touch; foods; entertainment; poop; and at this point just about anything that can be simply represented by an understandable icon.
Most people start their emjoi messaging with emoticon emoji - emoji representing their feelings/emotions. Here are a few examples:
- Smiling Face
- Smiling Face With Smiling Eyes
- Grinning Face
- Winking Face
- Smiling Face With Heart-Shaped Eyes
- Kissing Face
- Kissing Face With Closed Eyes
- House With Garden
- Convenience Store
- Money With Wings
- Chart With Upward Trend
BUT these are the simpler ones and just the tip of the ice burg.
Here are some "People" options:
The website Emojinalysis will track your recent emoji use to analyze your emotional well-being.
Resources to learn more:
- For more start with Emojipedia
- "Smile, You're Speaking Emoji: The Rapid Wordless Tongue" by Adam Sternbergh. New York Magazine Nov. 16, 2014 http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/11/emojis-rapid-evolution.html
- The Oral History of the Poop Emoji - Or How Google Brought Poop to America found at http://www.fastcompany.com/3037803/the-oral-history-of-the-poop-emoji-or-how-google-brought-poop-to-america
- For extensive lists of emoji under the following categories: people; nature; food and drink; celebration; activity; travel and places; objects and symbols; flags; new emoji; and skin tone modifiers: http://emojipedia.org/people/
- QUIZTake Our Emoji Movie Quote Quiz
- VIDEOWatch Community’s Gillian Jacobs Take the Ultimate Emoji Test
- GLOSSARYThe Definitive
- Fashion Week Emojis
As always, thanks for the visit.
While I still need to download my emoji - I'll stick with text.
Please leave your own emoji or text reactions in the comments below.