To start it off, I Love using Emoji on my chat! No matter who it is, I LOVE using emojis a lot. It helps me a lot in expressing my intention and mood too. It is a really fun and easy way to show what’s your message means. Even when you can’t express it through words, emojis are here to help you! And do you know there is actually an Emoji Day?
Now it’s become the new language in the digital era. Seeing how important it is now, there are Emoji Day since 2014. It is a celebration of Emoji being a representation of an emotion or an idea through electronic means. Fun fact, 17 July date is chosen as World Emoji Day because 17 July is famously displayed on the Calendar Emoji 😄
There is Emoticon Before Emoji…
Before we know Emoji, there is Emoticon. What’s the difference? The emoticon is a digital icon that conveys a human expression created by using a sequence of Keyboard Symbols. For example a smiley face 🙂 and a sad face 🙁 . Professor Scott Fahlman, a computer scientist at Carnegie Mellon University, used the first digital emoticon on the morning of September 19th, 1982.
The reason Professor Scott Fahlman using emoticons is to explicitly mark how serious or not the message should be taken. He found using a smiley emoticon indicates a less serious matter or light jokes, as an elegant solution for digital messaging. He said that text-based online communication lack of body language, that’s why emoticon helping us in that problem!
Can you guess when it is the first-ever Emoji? It was created in 1999 by Shigetaka Kurita, an engineer working at a Japanese mobile operator, NTT Docomo. He creates 176 emojis for the release of the Japanese mobile phone operator NTT DoCoMo’s integrated mobile internet service “i-mode”, debuting in February 1999.
These emojis are not like what you think like this day. It was much simpler and surprisingly colorful! It is not as many as nowadays, but it is enough to be noticed by people and internet industries, such as Yahoo Messenger. Emoji surely an answer to communicate in an expressive but short way! Easy, Peasy, and Clear emotion! 💕
A New Way to Communicate, A New Kind of Language
As we know, Emoji has been a big part of our way of communication through text or chat. It becomes part of our life, like a language itself. I believe almost all of us using emojis, am I right? Even my father who is so old-school and not really good at technology, always using emojis in his text 😂
I can’t lie, Emoji Day is a perfect celebration to mark this cool new language for everyone. Plus point, you don’t need to learn it that long! Want to know more facts about emojis? You can click here! Happy Emoji Day everyone! 😍