Emoji have become so universal that July 17 has become known as World Emoji Day! Emoji are ideograms and smileys used in electronic messages and web pages.
We use them daily, especially on social media, texting and chatting. Youths especially have become so creative in their use of emoji.
Emoji (singular emoji, plural emoji or emojis) have become an acceptable way of communication these days. Everyone uses them in tweets and chats on various platforms.
Apple has announced that more than 70 new emoji characters are coming to iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Mac later this year in a free software update.
According to Apple announcement, joining the growing list of animals represented on the emoji keyboard are beautifully designed characters for the kangaroo, peacock, parrot and lobster, with the addition of new food emoji for mango, lettuce, cupcake, moon cake and other popular items.Emoji have become so universal that July 17 has become known as World Emoji Day! Click To Tweet The announcement also notes that many additional characters across sports, symbols and more, will launch later in the year, including a new superhero emoji, a softball, Nazar amulet and infinity symbol.
Here are some interesting tidbits about World Emoji Day.
- Emoji were first invented in 1999, but not commonly adopted until 2011, and there are now 2,666 official emoji. (time.com)
- According to CNBC, World Emoji Day is the brainchild of Jeremy Burge who created it in 2014. Jeremy Burge is the London-based founder of Emojipedia. (en.wikipedia.org)
- The purpose of this holiday is to celebrate the emoji – a small digital picture or icon that represents an idea, concept or emotion in electronic communications. (holidayscalendar.com)
- The New York Times reported that Burge created World Emoji Day on July 17 “based on the way the calendar emoji is on iPhones”. (en.wikipedia.org)
- There are new emojis (both emoji and emojis are acceptable plural forms of the word) developed every year. (nationaldaycalendar.com)
- The most popular emoji on Facebook in the UK is the “Face with Tears of Joy” or “crying laughing” emoji ? – indeed English Oxford Dictionaries made it their word of the year in 2015. (theguardian.com)
- Gifted by the Nippon Telegraph and Telephone company in 2016, New York’s Museum of Modern Art acquired the 176 original 12-by-12 pixel designs for the original set of emojis, displaying them alongside its modern and expanded equivalents. (theguardian.com)
- Despite being critically panned, winning four Razzies including worst movie, worst screenplay, worst director, and worst screen combo, and at one point having an accumulated rating of 0% on Rotten Tomatoes, depressingly the Emoji Movie still grossed over $200m (£152m). (theguardian.com)
- World Emoji Awards held, where votes were counted for Best New Emoji, Most Anticipated Emoji, Excellence in Emoji, and Emoji of the Year. (checkiday.com)
- According to Brandwatch’s recent report, The Emoji Report, the volume of tweets containing a brand name and an emoji has grown by 49% since September 2015. (circaedu.com)
- The biggest brands in the world have recognised that 95% of humans online have used emojis and implemented the language into their marketing efforts. (circaedu.com)
- The three verticals that make the most use of emojis in their marketing email subject lines are Music & Audio, Food & Beverage, and Entertainment, but the usage levels for those first two industries eclipse the rest, appearing at more than twice the rate of any other vertical. (braze.com)
- Emails that use emojis in their subject lines see unique open rates that are a full 28% lower than the average unique open rate for marketing emails. (braze.com)
- There’s an emoji course. In this free course, you will learn about the benefits and challenges of meeting people from different cultures. And how language and human communities shape each other. (open.edu)
- For a long time, Google’s “blob” Emojis were one of those little details that differentiated Android from other operating systems. (androidauthority.com)
- Globally, the most important day for emoji usage on Messenger is New Year’s Eve, as per the data collected between April to July 2018. (dekhnews.com)
The emoji song!
Tell me, what’s your favourite emoji? Happy World Emoji Day! 🙂
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