World Emoji Day
If you’re a Facebook user (Who isn’t?), then you should know that World Emoji Day was on July 17th. This fairly new “holiday” was first created by Emojipedia founder Jeremy Burge in 2014 to celebrate our favorite way to communicate online, especially with social media. You have to admit, emojis are pretty fun and so darned cute.
So, just how did these cute little graphics come about? Back in the stone age of computers, or in 1999 (Let’s party dude!) emojis were first developed, but really weren’t commonly used until 2011. At that time and previously, us old school geeks\nerds used smileys or faces drawn with symbols, letters, and numbers on the keyboard. To express a smile, a user would type 🙂 or (-: among other ways. But this could be annoying when you couldn’t remember the correct key combo to express yourself with a smiley. In came emojis to make our communication and texting lives easier, and a bit more colorful and fun.
The origins of World Emoji Day are rather interesting as well. July 17th was chosen as the official date all due to another emoji, the calendar 📅. On this small emoji, the date circled is July 17th which commemorated the official announcement of iCal for Mac at MacWorld in 2002. iCal was a handy calendar application to help keep our lives a bit more organized. This application is something we take for granted now, but back then it was greatly heralded as a must-get program. Then in 2010, the Unicode for Calendar was approved. In 2015, the emoji was added to Emoji 1.0.
Emojis have become this century’s hieroglyphics if you think about it.
A few bits of trivia about our beloved emoji. The first celebration was July 17, 2014, and was first tweeted about on July 11, 2014, with the hashtag #WorldEmojiDay. For 3 years, the “Face with tears of joy” 😂 emoji has been the most used emoji on Twitter and Facebook. There are more than 2600 official emoji with more to be released later this year by Apple. Their plans are to release 70 new emojis that will include more expressive faces, new animals, foods, and more diverse races. The Unicode Consortium announced that they will also be releasing 157 new emojis later this year. Let’s face it, emojis are here to stay, at least for a little while.
Emojis have become this century’s hieroglyphics if you think about it. Isn’t it interesting how our ancestors started communicating with images and now we’re back to doing similar? There’s even a World Emoji Awards which the winners were released on Twitter and Cheddar. People voted on such categories as Best New Emoji, Most Anticipated Emoji, Excellence in Emoji Use, and Emoji of the Year. In case you’re wondering, below are the winners:
Most Anticipated Emoji – Lacrosse
Excellence in Emoji Use – Snoop Dogg
Best New Emoji – Exploding Head
Emoji of the Year – Thinking Face
So as emojis have become an accepted way of communicating in the casual sense, how long will it be before they creep into the professional world? Seeing how we’ve embraced this little smiling guy, I think it won’t be too far off.