Have you recently just thought… “how many times do I send a text message or email, and include an Emoji? When did emoji’s become a necessity for some of us?” Or just a simple question like… “what does “emoji” even mean?”
According to an article on iemoji.com:
- Emoji is code for picture characters/words in Japanese.
- Mobile users in Japan were increasingly sending large picture messages, causing a lag in message delivery. Cellular companies noticed the struggle and addressed the problem with their engineering teams.
- In 1999, emojis were born in a Japanese research facility.
- DoKoMo i-mode, a mobile phone provider in Japan, was the first mobile company to allow its users to add pictures of commonly used emoticons 😉 😦
- It wasn’t until Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple Inc., went on a trip to Japan to promote the iPhone, and after negotiations, iPhones in the U.S. now included the Japanese emojis.
Find out how often UTA Maverick faculty/staff, and students use emojis, and their reaction if emojis disappeared. Let us know how you feel about emojis, and have a little fun… if you could create an emoji, what would it look like?
P.S. In case you’re wondering… an emoji update is expected to release this mid-year according to popsugar.com.