I, like many other users of modern technology, use emoji in text messages, tweets, Facebook statuses, etc. on a daily basis. Sometimes it just seems like there are things best expressed with a sunglasses-wearing-smiling-face or a teeny tiny thumbs up, rather than actual words. And other times you just feel like sending the poop emoji to your best friend (I’m looking at you, Tooze).
I wrote a little blog post early last year on the topic of emoji, after reading someone else’s article on the subject. However, now Tofugu have blown all other emoji-themed articles out of the water with their in depth history of emoji…
Emoji – Japan’s Talking Pictures: How Japan changed the way we communicate
‘Confession: I am an emoji hipster. Before your mom was sending you grinning emoji or that cute boy was texting you heart-eyes emoji, my study abroad friends and I were using our 2009-era SoftBank phones to send each other long, complicated rows of emoji, most of which involved the poop emoji. (As one does.)
But emoji aren’t just for anyone with a smartphone these days. Moby Dick has been translated into emoji. The March 2015 issue of Wired featured emoji on the cover. Coca-Cola has put emoji in their URLs as part of an advertising campaign. Emoji are even being presented in court cases as evidence. Earlier this year, a man was charged with running an online black-market. During the trial, his lawyer argued that the emoji in his client’s text messages were legitimate pieces of evidence. The judge agreed.’
Read the full article here.