Here at Bulldog, we love emoji’s, so we couldn’t not express our love for them on #worldemojiday! Throughout this article you’ll learn why emojis are called emojis, what the most used emojis are, what the first every emoji looked like and tonnes stuff more to add to your emoji know-how.
Why are they called emojis?
The word emoji, originally meaning pictograph, was formed using the Japanese words ‘e’ (meaning “picture”) and ‘moji’ (meaning “character”). The fact that emoji sounds very similar to emoticon is actually very coincidental!
The first ever emojis
The first ever emoji was designed and created by a Japanese man called Shigetaka Kurita (also known as ‘Mr.Emoji’). Whilst working on a mobile internet platform he took inspiration from weather forecast symbols that showed different types of weather. These emojis were then used by the Japanese mobile operators NTT DoCoMo, AU and SoftBank Mobile.
The first ever set of emojis, all 176 of them!
The evolution of the emoji
The original 176 emojis are long gone, and throughout the years, emojis have been developing dramatically. Now to the point where you can communicate with someone by solely using them. There are now over 2000 emojis available for people to use. Below you can see how emojis have changed over the years.
Why are emojis so popular?
They help brands communicate. Using emojis can be a great way to break down barriers and reach out to the tricky-to-engage demographics.
Global understanding. Emojis are known across the globe; there is no language barrier involved which means anyone can convey any emotion with anyone.
Easy and eye-catching. There is no doubt that emojis are eye-catching and easy to use. Perfect for social media posts and messages, they can catch the eye and speak a thousand words.
The top 10 most used emojis
Here are the emojis that have been sent the most according to emojistats. (as of July 2019)
Here are some on that list recreated into real life, maybe we’ll leave them as cartoons..
— Michael Clarke (@Mr_Mike_Clarke) July 17, 2018
The best part? Apple always release new emojis!
To round off our emoji article, we thought it’d be fun to explore some of the emojis which Apple have recently released, from Kangeroos to Superheroes, Lobsters to cupcakes – take a look through some of their new releases. #worldemojiday has treated us well.
What will be next for emojis? Can you see emojis being used for SEO in the future?
This post has been updated since the date of publish in order to keep stats up to date