This Week I Learned #6: Emoji Facts

I just discovered some less known facts about the one true international language: emoji.

  • The term emoji has nothing to do with emoticon. It actually comes from the Japanese e (็ตต, “picture”) + moji (ๆ–‡ๅญ—, “character”). ๐Ÿ˜Ž
  • Standardized emoji have been around all the way since Unicode 1.0. However, it was not until Unicode 6.0 that they were officially recognized as emoji. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
  • The said Unicode 6.0 added a whopping 716 emoji to the existing 142 โ€” the largest addition till date. ๐Ÿ˜ฑ
  • As of the current standard, Unicode 9.0, there are 1088 emoji as single code points. This does not even include stuff like ๐Ÿ’‘, which are composed of multiple code points. (In programming terms, "๐Ÿ’‘".length === 2.) ๐Ÿค“

If you want more interesting stuff about emoji, follow @notwaldorf and @kosamari on Twitter.



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