July 17th has been known as #WorldEmojiDay! A day to celebrate EVERYTHING emojis. Honestly, who doesn’t love them? Everyone has their favorite: poop, peach, heart, or maybe kissy face? You can easily find out someone’s favorite by doing a cell phone lookup. So, to honor this amazing day, here are some facts about emojis that you need to know.
1. Emojis were invented by Shigetaka Kurita
The emoji was created by Shigetaka Kurita and first released in 1999. The first set of emojis consisted of 176 characters. He was inspired by pictograms, kanji, and manga in creating emojis.
Fun Fact: The original “M” emoji was supposed to represent Metro, but many people used it to represent McDonald’s.
2. The First World Emoji Day was on July 17th, 2014
July 17th, 2014 marked the first official World Emoji Day. It was created by Jeremy Burge, creator of Emojipedia. Conduct a cell phone lookup of this site and you will be amazed by the amount of emojis there actually are!
3. Same sex couple emojis did not get released until 2012
Emojis finally caught up with the times in 2012 with the release of same sex couple emojis. iOS 6 users were among the first to use these emojis.
4. There are a total of 2,666 emojis
It’s mind-blowing how many emojis that exist. The rise in the amount of emojis is in part due to the variety of gender, professions, and skin tones.
5. ‘Face with Tears of Joy’ is the Most Used Emoji
Currently, this is the most used emoji in texting and on social media based on research conducted by Unicode Consortium. Other commonly used emojis include kissy face, heart, and poop.
6. There’s a movie centered around Emojis!
The Emoji Movie is set to release on July 28th, 2017. It centers around the multi-expressional emoji Gene, who just wants to be normal. It has an amazing cast including T.J. Miller, Sofia Vergara, Patrick Stewart, Anna Faris, James Corden, and the list goes on! Check out the movie trailer below.
Wow! These are some interesting facts about emojis. Just do a cell phone lookup on your web browser and see what other emoji facts there are! Happy World Emoji Day everyone!