What is an emoji?
The step from the stick man face to the image took place in Japan. The term is composed of an "e" for image and "moji" for character. Inspired by the manga world, software engineer Shigetaka Kurita developed 176 emojis in the 1990s. He was working on a pager service for a Japanese mobile provider and thereby wanted to boost its marketing among young people. Emojis are images or pictographs. Facial expressions and gestures are shown in the form of faces and people. Objects, food, activities, animals, plants, places and other associations can also be displayed. This allows for more expressive communication. Emoticons are now automatically converted into emojis in word processing programs or online services. To display emojis, the Unicode is converted into a graphic. Emojis have been available on our mobile phones since 2010. In contrast to emoticons, emojis offer a larger variety of facial expressions. They also offer options for adaptation, such as hair color. The graphic no longer needs to be rotated by 90°. Emojis are very popular and are regularly used by 92% of Internet users. In 2015, the great popularity of emojis led to the Oxford Dictionary choosing an emoji as the Word of the Year. Due to its overcoming of language barriers, the face with tears of joy 😁 chosen as the most used emoji. On July 17, people celebrate the unofficial World Emoji Day.
Where are emoji used?
Emoji are emoticons, smileys and ideograms used to express emotions in websites or electronic messages. With the use of them, users convey a certain emotion which creates an emotional impact for the receiver. These characters or images are very popular on social media websites and messaging apps like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google Hangouts, Discord, Snapchat, iMessage, Whatsapp and others. You can also notice emojis used on Snapchat Trophies. Currently, Emoji symbols are supported on all major platforms including OS X, iOS, Windows, and Android.