The presence of emoji is not only used as a substitute for sentences, but also makes your chat activities more expressive. Over time, there have been tens or even hundreds of emoji used by smartphone users to express their feelings through chat. Here are some facts about keyboard emoji that not many people know:
- It’s been around since 1999
The first fact that not many people know is that it has been made since 1999. At that time, the emoji was created for the first time by a man named Shigetaka Kurita. The goal is only to facilitate the way of communication, to be more expressive. But at that time emoji were not immediately popular, and only became known when they were popularized by iOS.
- Captured through a short documentary
A short documentary entitled “Emoji Among Us” was created to illustrate how important emojis are in communication through electronic messages.
- World emoji day
July 17 is World Emoji Day, set by the founder of the emoji encyclopedia site, Jeremy Burge. World Emoji Day was first celebrated in 2014 and only on the iOS platform. But now both Android and iOS users can celebrate World Emoji Day.
- The official emoji are 2,666
Creating emoji is not easy, because it must get official approval from the institution that sets the encoding standards. To date, the agency has recorded 2,666 official emoji, which are dominated by smileys and people characters.
- Known since iOS 6 launched
Created for the first time in 1999, it doesn’t just make emoji popular. Emojis have become popular and have been widely used since iOS 6 integrated them into the keyboard. And day by day, emoji are increasingly popular on social media and their users are increasing.
- Enter in Oxford Dictionaries
It’s an honor for emoji to be included in the Oxford Dictionaries. 2013 was the year emojis started appearing in Oxford Dictionaries. In the Oxford dictionary, emoji are defined as miniature digital images that serve to express ideas, emotions, and feelings.
- Get support from the twitter web
The popularity of emoji is increasing when the twitter web integrates it into a twitter web feature. So, when you play twitter using a PC/laptop, you can still use the emojis that have been prepared by clicking the logo at the bottom right.
- Enter the museum collection
There are at least 176 emojis made by Shigetaka Kurita that entered the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2016. The emoji art is juxtaposed with various other works of art, such as art from Pablo Picasso’s class.
- The most used emoji face with tears of joy
The emoji tracker site noted that the face with tears of joy emoji was the most used emoji by Twitter users. Almost all social media comment fields are filled with these emojis.
- Used as a marketing strategy
The more massive use of emojis, making 2 big brands insert emojis for marketing purposes. One of the brands that use emojis in their products is the Japanese mobile operator Docomo and Pepsi packaging.
- Emoji tattoos
The popularity of emojis has inspired the trend of tattoo art. Some of the big stars who get emoji tattoos are Miley Cyrus and the Atlanta Hawks.
Those are a few rows of emoji facts that not many people know. Very interesting isn’t it? The most surprising thing is that emojis have been around since 1999, but have only been popular since 2012 when iOS 6 was launched.