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, □□□||□□□||||□□!! ;-)