The Rise of the Emoji

in school holiday shopEmojis have become increasingly popular in recent years. They are a way in which we can better communicate via text messaging and on social media. They help define a person’s mood and meaning in a non-verbal conversation where a person’s meaning or feelings might be difficult to detect. There is now an emoji for nearly every feeling and concept, and they have done a great deal of good in improving non-verbal communication. Emojis have even become popular outside of the media world and have popped up in stores.

Emojis are especially popular amongst the younger generation as they use them often to better communicate via text messaging and social media. There is a sort of fascination younger people have with emojis that the older generation may not understand. In fact, I have noticed as I walk through stores like Walmart or Target that emojis have been turned into all kinds of toys and decorations.

Kids seem to be becoming especially obsessed with emojis. In fact, plush emojis have even become popular plush toys. Last Christmas, when my daughter went shopping at her in school holiday gift shop, she brought home an emoji for each of her siblings. Amazingly, she found emojis that fit each of their personalities perfectly. The emoji plush toys seemed to actually be the favorite gift of all of my children this year. Who would have ever thought?

The popularity of emojis is surprising and unusual, but it makes sense. They have become a form of communication. It makes one wonder what will be next? With each new iPhone update, it seems like new emojis are released. They have now gone far beyond the original smiley face or frowning face. In addition to the original facial expressions, there are now food emojis, animal emojis, accessory emojis, and so many more.

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Know More About The Emojis

The advent of various chat apps such as WhatsApp, Facebook, and others have made communication smooth and simple. The best part of this chatting system has become the Emoticons/emojis. Yes, this has made conversation much simple and interesting. These Emoticons/emojis are used in the conversation to bring out the meaning of the conversation and go give the amazing meaning to the words. The fact is that emojis has become the new trend now. People fail to express themselves without this emojis. Emojis has become the new language, which people use for expressing them.

What Is It All About?

So what are emojis? Emojis is basically a collection of stickers, which shows expressions of various emotions. Whether it is happy, sad, anger or shock, you can easily express your feelings with these stickers. Emojis is the new trend of expressions. People in usual conversations too try to make the expressions with the faces to make the feelings come life. If you are a WhatsApp user, then you will know it better. You cannot think of a conversation without these.  The Emoticons/emojis can be various and diverse. It is not only expressions that it comes with.

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Express Your Feelings With It

These emoticons are various in forms. Various flowers, animal stickers, the human figure, and other such stickers come under the category of emoticons. These are used to express the position or situation of people. You can use these to show on which location you are or what are you doing presently. You can express anything and everything with these amazing stickers.  Emoticons have becomes the new definition of conversation. You can use these for expressing your feelings, situation, condition and so much more. This is the new trend, which people are using with all its vogue. You can ignore its popularity and importance in the present time.

Make Stories Out Of It

People hook into their mobiles with the chat apps just to use these amazing stickers. These are fun as well as essential. You cannot use any of the chatapps without the use of the funny emojis. The best part is that it takes a second to make someone smile with these amazing emoticons. You can easily make up all the fights with your loved ones by using these sweet stickers. This is not only amazing but is very interesting too. You can undoubtedly get entertained with all these. You can even make interesting stories with the help of these. It makes the process lovely and interesting.

Make It Interesting

If you were unknown about this factor, then this is the time that you must know about it. You can easily take part in this system and use the best out of this emojis. You will undoubtedly have fun with it. This will give you another reason to cheer in life. So go ahead and make your life little funny and interesting with these amazing stickers and emoticons. Hurry up and get connected with famous chat apps and make good use of these stickers.

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The History of Emoticons

 In today’s day and age it seems there are more ways than ever for one to express themselves. From clothing to hair style, from tattoos to body piercings, even music or dance or art are some ways that people have of doing it.

But there is an ever popular way to express yourself that has come up a lot in the last 5 years or so, and those are called “emoticons”. Emoticons are nothing more than a representation of facial expressions using different types of punctuation, numbers, and letters.

These usually are added into a conversation to drive the point home about someone’s mood or feelings, but are these a new thing? Or have they been around for a quite some time, just never being brought to the mainstream until we got things like, computers, and cellphones?

Well let’s look a little into where they came from.

It seems as though 1881 is one of the first times we have examples of typing style being used. There was an American humor magazine called, Puck, that showed the first types of emoticons being used. Those original four being, joy, melancholy, indifference, and astonishment.

Also in the 1880s there was gentleman by the name of Ambrose Bierce who came up with idea of a snigger point, which was a closed parenthesis on its side, which made the shape of an upwards smile. The idea here was to add a bit of levity into something being transcribed. It was apparent that people wanted a way to show that a writer was in good spirits without actually typing it.

But it would be several years before it was actually common practice for people to begin including emoticons into their writing. It actually took the invention of network computers before these things really came into the mainstream. It was a man by the name of Scott Fahlman who noticed that in the message boards that had been created for people to talk on these computers, there were often misunderstandings between those “talking” to one another.

Because a person’s body language does so much to help us decipher what it is they mean by what they say, we had lost that in this area of “typed conversation.” So Mr. Fahlman, came up with idea for the colon, the dash, and right parenthesis (seen as 🙂 to us) to represent a smiley face! And since then, things have exploded!

There are emoticons for the majority of the feelings you might have in a day, as well as those you might not come across often, but they exist. Plato talks about writing as a supplement to speech, and in today’s ever changing and evolving world, emoticons are the newest version of that supplement.

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The History of the Emoji

When was the last time you picked up your phone and sent a message to a friend without ever saying a word? Chances are, that it was pretty recently. We live in a world where we can grab our phones, hit a few small pictures, and tell a story to anyone willing to hear it (or see it for that matter).

Emojis have become a bit of a standard for all of us in this day and age, but how many of us know where they came from? And how many of us know that the japanese have been using emoji for well 20 years now?

I know I sure didn’t know that until I did a little research for myself and what they were and where they came from. The story is a rather interesting one, because they have been around for quite some time.

 

The original “emojis” were not called emojis, but were in fact called cowmojis and were not near as sophisticated as the emojis we know today. These were created in Japan and were very similar to what we know today as emoticons.

They were basic forms punctuation with numbers and letters, depicting a person’s feelings. They differ from emoticons however because they are influenced heavily by anime, they focus more on a person’s eyes and their mouth, and they include things like, apostrophized sweat drops and slash mark blushing. In the 90s cell phone traffic in japan was much higher than it was in America, and things like internet access and large color screens were already present on their devices.

So as people began communicating more and more on these, the cowmojis made that jump with them and were used to make messages a little more deliberate and clear. A gentleman by the name of Shigetaka Kurita was working on a messenger platform in Japan called imode, which was to be used on pagers. They added a heart symbol to their list of things you could send through the messenger, and high school aged users loved it. Kurita wanted to take this idea and move it into the cell phone world, he wanted a more fluid way of expressing your emotions. So he created what he believed to be rough sketches of these feelings, with things like, sweat drops and tear waterfalls to convey the emotions he wanted, thinking they could be refined by the manufacturers.

However they were not refined and they became initial first set of emojis, and they exploded! They were hugely popular, but because they were so small, they could not be copyrighted, which means they could not stay exclusive to this platform. They began popping up in places like AOL instant messenger, and multiple places all over the internet. It was in 2008 that Apple added emojis to their list of texting icons for Japanese users, making their dreams come true. In 2010 they were added to the American version of iOS, and the rest is history.

They have been added to the Unicode consortium and Oxford Dictionary, plus becoming a staple in the lives of anyone who has used a cellphone since 2010.

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