07 Aug 5 Facts You Need To Know About Emojis
The emoji may have had a humble beginning as a crudely drawn smiley face, but it has since evolved into a surprisingly complex way for people to express their emotions. Whether your text messages are made up of these tiny little icons or you see them as the death of literacy, you cannot deny that there are some very interesting facts about emojis that you need to know if you spend time on the Internet. Here are just five of the more interesting tidbits about emojis.
- The Origin of Emojis Dates Back to 1862
Emojis evolved from the classic smiley face emoticon, ;), which was reportedly first used in 1862. It later evolved into the yellow smiley face in the 1960s. The first permutations of that smiling yellow circle first showed up on the Internet in the 1990s when people needed to find ways to communicate emotions in as few characters as possible.
- Not All Emojis Mean What You Think
For the most part, emojis are pretty straightforward. A smiley face means that you’re happy, a frowning face means that you’re sad, etc. And yet, there are some emojis that people often find confusing. For example, an emoji with steam coming out of its nose is supposed to represent triumph, but many interpret it as a sign of anger or frustration. Many of these misinterpretations stem from the fact that the first true emojis were developed for the Japanese market and culture, not for American users.
- The Process of Becoming an Emoji is Surprisingly Complicated
All emojis need to be designed and approved by the Unicode Consortium, a nonprofit that enables people around the world to use computers and programs in any language. This is to ensure that all emojis can be rendered accurately across multiple computer platforms.
- The “Face with Tears of Joy” is the Most-Used Emoji
According to Emoji Tracker, the “face with tears of joy” emoji is the most popular and widely-used emoji on Twitter. It is used to express laughter, especially when something is really funny (hence the tears of joy). The red heart, the heart-eyes face, and the pink hearts emojis come in second, third, and fourth place respectively.
- There is an Entire Book Written in Emoji
“Emoji Dick” is a version of “Moby Dick” written entirely in emojis. It is crowd sourced, crowd funded, and available in print for $40. If you’re curious as to how a great work of literature reads when it is translated into emojis, you can order your own copy here.