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 (絵, “picture”) + moji (文字, “character”). 😎
  • 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. 😮
  • The said Unicode 6.0 added a whopping 716 emoji to the existing 142 — the largest addition till date. 😱
  • As of the current standard, Unicode 9.0, there are 1088 emoji as single code points. This does not even include stuff like 💑, which are composed of multiple code points. (In programming terms, "💑".length === 2.) 🤓

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On Shortening URL’s

I use I have no idea whether it’s really named after the Pokémon Goomy or it’s just a coincidence, but I like the sound of it.

Moreover, it currently adds a handle of just three characters, which is far easier to memorize than‘s six. Of course, this will change once they run out of handles, but that day isn’t coming any time soon, since also allows custom aliases, like Yes, TinyURL also provides those, but “” is almost twice as long as “”.