Story of Emoji in our online lifestyle
We all know that texting has become a major form of communication over the past decade or so, but the newest edition of emojis has become it's on little subform of communication. They’re all over the place. In these days, no one really can interact with any device or platform without someone sending you an emoji or you sending one yourself. But the question is -
Why are emojis gaining so much popularity?
The popularity of emojis around the globe is only growing. Emojis are not only changing the way we express ourselves through text, but also expanding the way we communicate. People and companies are having to adapt to this new way of thinking and talking in order to stay up to date in this new communicative world.
Emoji started as a simple idea to allow people to express their emotions through text message without actually having to say “this makes me happy” or “this makes me angry”. Like you can just say, “I met with friends”, and insert a smiley emoji face and whoever you are texting will know you are happy you went for the outing. It has become such an integral part of texting conversations and expression. It is hard to imagine a world without them. Emoticons are expressions and faces created with basic characters from your keyboard and were the forerunner of emojis that are real images and symbols which are rendered on devices. When you send someone a smiley face, it is quite obvious what the meaning is behind it regardless of whether you are!
So, where they come from?
In the late 1990s, Shigetaka Kurita, a young engineer at the Japanese phone company NTT Docomo, was working on what he thought was just another project – a series of icons that subscribers could use to quickly read information on the first mobile web services and to communicate with each other. This set of 176 icons was called emoji, a combination of the Japanese words for picture “e” and character “moji”. However, it developed and spread like wildfire and various emojis from food to animals were designed. Emojis were just yellow. Simpsons yellow. This default, universal cartoon “skin” was based on Caucasian skin tones.
In 1997, a directory of 3D digital icons was created. And it was this year that the first digital Smiley appeared on a cellphone.
It was in 2001, that the Official Smiley Dictionary was launched which announced the “birth of a universal language.” The Dictionary contained 393 expressive Smiley icons these were launched online and published by Marabout.
During 2003, renamed Smiley Dictionary to SmileyWorld and relaunched with 887 Smileys across a host of new categories. This was also another breakthrough year in their use in technology with licensing deals placing Smileys on Motorola and Nokia phones.
It was in 2007 when Apple launched their first iPhone featuring their own emojis, which were available only to Japanese users.
It was in 2010 that these emojis started being incorporated into Unicode, a standardised indexing system for characters, which allowed them to be used outside of Japan and across different operating systems.
In 2015, Unicode took its first big step toward diversifying emoji by introducing the option to change the skin tone on people emoji, along with additions to include more types of people doing more types of things. Since then, every update has included incremental steps toward diversifying the types of people and cultures represented on the emoji keyboard.
Let's see the meanings of different emojis -
The happy smiling face is one of the most common emojis and universally applicable: you just want to say hello, express joy or excitement about something or brighten up a short text.
Smiley laughs with open mouth
Typical smiley face with open mouth and oval eyes. In a positive mood, shows its teeth and laughs cheerfully. Expresses enthusiasm: from a cheerful greeting to boundless joy.
Smiling Face With Open Mouth And Smiling Eyes
Smiley's mouth is wide open, its eyes squeezed shut with joy. Laughs loudly, cheerfully and heartily. Only the typical emoji eyes distinguish it from the classic smiley face. Can also be used for sarcasm.
Grinning Face With Smiling Eyes
A happy face with a mischievous laugh. Represents lightheartedness and exuberance. Full of joy due to an event, excited and agitated or just a bit embarrassed.
Smiling Face With Open Mouth And Closed Eyes
Emoji is on the verge of a fit of laughter because something is so silly or incredibly funny. Also, mischievous or bitchy laughter about an event, or something that happened to another person. Means the same as “XD“ and “X“ as a text-based emoticon.
Smiling Face With Open Mouth and Cold Sweat
Sweaty smile. Relief that a tight situation went well or was coped with positively, e.g. an important appointment. A difficult event is imminent and you are already nervous.
Face With Tears of Joy
I am laughing too hard that I can hardly keep myself on my chair! Something is so incredibly funny that you cry laughing. Gets the giggles and can hardly contain himself. This emoji is the most popular and was named Word of the Year 2015.
Rolling On The Floor, Laughing
This is funny! A smiley face, rolling on the floor, laughing. The face is laughing boundlessly. The emoji version of “rofl“. Stands for „rolling on the floor, laughing“.
I am as merry as a lark! Completely satisfied and speechless. Expression of bliss. Shy grin in response to a nice compliment or something great that happened.
Smiling Face With Smiling Eyes
Is grinning shyly and embarrassed. The red cheeks are an expression of joy. Represents happiness, contentment, peace of mind and gratitude. Text-based variant: ^^.
Smiling Face With Halo
Would like to express its (possibly pretended) innocence. Someone does good deeds, is very sweet, innocent and behaves in an exemplary way. The angelic face can also be used humorously for rather not so good deeds or behaviors.
Slightly Smiling Face
A light smile means you are satisfied with yourself and the world. Can make a statement sound friendlier than it might have been meant. Or have a sarcastic meaning when a smile does not actually fit the content.
Don’t take me seriously! The message is either ambiguous, ironic or joking. A person plays the fool and horses around, or in response to a joke.
Smiley blinks mischievously with one eye. Expression of humor has been pulling a practical joke, is flirting with you or has an ulterior motive. The wink weakens the message: do not take it seriously, regard it as humorous.
Everything went well! Relieved smiley face. Is happy that something unpleasant is over without having caused any harm. Relaxed, thankful and free of worries.
Smiling Face With Heart-Eyes
Happily beaming face with heart-shaped eyes. Insanely in love: with a person, a place or an object. Expresses the extent of love and affection as well as gratitude and is often part of romantic messages. Just does not know what to do with all the luck.
Face Throwing a Kiss
Smiley sends you a loving kiss that comes from the heart. Amicable, to express affection or with romantic intent, as an expression of love. May weaken a sarcastic response or be a reaction to a rude message. A symbol for flirting and showing gratitude.
These are only a few of hundreds, there are lots of emojis available in the market. Share your emoji experience with us. Thank you!