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Humor: The new Unicode emojis bring a familiar look to messaging

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Humor: The new Unicode emojis bring a familiar look to messaging
Okay, we get it, emojis do make life more interesting, at least as far as messaging goes. No doubt there are some purists out there that just miss the sideways text-based emoticon faces that started the whole thing.

Our keyboards were a veritable goldmine of emotional expression. Who doesn’t like the classic ;-) or (-_-) or :-P or whatever. The text based faces were getting so advanced it was literally its own code base language (seriously, there is a code for male pattern baldness: a€:-| …really).

As the more cartoonish emojis emerged however, there was always one thing you could count on when chatting with someone. There was always a chance that someone’s device or computer, for whatever reason, was not up to date with the code used to generate such faces.

The result was the ever annoying group of boxes or thick vertical dashes, and if you were on the receiving end of such nonsense, admit it, you got frustrated. Such as will be life in the coming weeks as Unicode announced the new standard, version 7.0 and a host of up to 250 new emoji symbols. We are looking forward to conversations like what is depicted below. So, have fun, read on, and, □□□||□□□||||□□!!  ;-)

Humor: The new Unicode emojis bring a familiar look to messaging

source: CommitStrip

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posted on 18 Jun 2014, 04:02 1

1. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1132; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Why couldn't Google adapt their own?

PS call me old fashioned, but they'll always be "emoticons" to me.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 04:05 3

3. magnanimus (Posts: 219; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


They'll always be Smileys to me :D

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 19:24

5. EndesCot (Posts: 3; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)


"Emoticons" is actually the original name.
"Emoji" began as a type setting in japanese as well as kanji(chinese alphabet) and romanji(latin alphabet) in which they used typed characters(and not "emoji") to make drawings (like (≧∇≦)or ★彡)
Since they were the ones to make the most "creative" use of it, the very word leaked into various english dictionaries (as well did "sayonara", "arigato" & "otaku")

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 04:03 1

2. magnanimus (Posts: 219; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


I don't know if bbm uses the Unicode emojis but they're the best set of emojis IMO

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 04:44 1

4. Duketytz (Posts: 333; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)


Spelling mistake! First sentence 'emojis'

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