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World Emoji Day 2021: Know its history and significance

Emoji is a Japanese word that roughly means picture word

World Emoji Day 2021: Know its history and significance
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World Emoji Day is celebrated on July 17 every year. Emoji is a Japanese word that roughly means picture word. Sending text messages has become a part of our everyday life. Imagine having no emojis when chatting or sending text messages to someone. It can be boring talking to someone in messages without emojis.

Emoji is a way of sharing your expressions while texting. As you cannot see or show the reaction to something while chatting or sending text messages. We also use emojis in text conversations, to react to posts on various platforms on social media as an expression. The virtual text conversation is incomplete without emojis.

History of Emoji:

Emojis were originally developed in 1999 by Shigetaka Kurita while working with a Japanese telecom company NTT Docomo. The emojis got popular around 2010 when smartphones became a part of everyday life.

World Emoji Day was created by Jeremy Burge. He is also known as the founder of Emojipedia. World Emoji Day has been celebrated annually since 2014.

When the iPhone was released in 2007, it included an emoji keyboard to target the Japanese audience. Somehow when the American users figured out the emoji keyboard it became an instant hit there.

On this world emoji day, let us take some time to praise this amazing innovation that certainly saved us plenty of keystrokes.

Oceans of emotion can be transmitted through a text message, an emoji sequence, and a winking semicolon, but humans are hardwired to respond to visuals. - Jenna Wortham.

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