Since their birth in 1999, Emojis have become viral sensations people, from all walks of life, use to express emotions. We celebrate the little pictographs, that have taken the world by storm, on July 17, World Emoji Day.
The word “emoji” comes from the Japanese words “picture” and “character”. While the word is similar to the English “emoticons”, the two are completely different. Emojis signify actual pictures, allowing for wider variety and depth of character. Emoticons are typographics, created through type.
World Emoji Day was started in 2014 by Jeremy Burge, British founder of “Emojipedia,” an online encyclopedia listing the variety of emojis created over the near twenty years of their existence. People around the world join in the fun, sweeping themselves away on the tide of excitement.
In celebration of World Emoji Day, jump on your device of choice and join the party. Social media is the perfect place to share your favorite emojis with the world. The purpose of this day is to simply have fun, so why not do just that?