Ever since the first emojis appeared in Japanese smartphones in the last 90s, it has been the world’s favorite. Often called as digital expression, emojis have been an unputdownable part of messaging, more so today. They help turn flat and emotionless text into meaningful, expressional conveys.
Modern emojis started off as simple text-based emoticons, like :-), or 🙁 and the first emoji was created by the Japanese artist Shigetaka Kurita in 1999.
Kurita’s first set of emojis was a set of 12- by 12-pixel images that could be shared from a keyboard-like grid within DOCOMO’s “i-mode” interface. DOCOMO was then Japan’s main internet carrier and i-mode was a dedicated internet-based mobile platform.
With time, emojis went to become people’s favorite. Rival companies started to borrow DOCOMO’s idea, like Apple. It was in 2007, Google took the initiative to standardize the development of emojis at an international level, petitioning to get emojis recognized by Unicode Consortium – a global body that oversees text standards in computers, according to Wired.
Unicode started to process standardization of emojis in 2010. Since then it has come a long way to date, sometimes developed by Apple, the other time Google followed suit, and emojis kept advancing and becoming a universal language of expression. Not to forget how inclusively.
Here are some influential companies wishing the very best of the World Emoji Day:
Today we’re at a time it is virtually impossible to write a line without using any of the smileys or icons available in the growing keyboards available across Apple and Android devices. How else would you rather convey that you’re laughing out loud, with teary eyes and that you’re smiling shyly with a hint of blush? Emojis just do hem all.
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