Last year, Oxford Dictionaries made quite a stir after revealing that an emoji was named the word of the year.
The so-called ‘face with tears of joy’ bagged the title, and for the first time, something that isn’t actually a word became the top word of the year. The Oxford University Press–the one behind the Oxford Dictionaries we use today–maintained that it was worthy of the title, saying that the face with tears of joy was the most used emoji of that year, and it ideally reflects the mood of the user.
Moving forward, emoji has become ubiquitous not only on mobile phones that we use everyday and almost everywhere, but also in the physical world. Just so you know, Hollywood is already building the first movie about emojis.
Yesterday, we actually celebrated the World Emoji Day, and several online giants–including Google and Twitter–have joined the fun.
Google says diversity in emoji is important
For Google, the biggest search engine in the world, celebrating the day was about making it more diverse. In its official blog site, Google’s Nicole Bleuel–the ‘Marketing Lead & Diversity Champion’ of the company–has announced via the post– titled ‘Promoting gender equality through emoji’–that the committee behind the approval of emojis, the Unicode Emoji Subcommittee, approved eleven new emojis, in addition to adding thirty-three male and female versions for existing emojis.
Bleuel says it is one of their several efforts to diversify the emoji and improve the representation of women in the digital world.
The post also reveals that about ninety percent of people around the world (with internet and an electronic device) use emoji to communicate with others.
Twitter reveals an infographic; America is weary
Meanwhile, at the headquarters of Twitter, there’s a new infographic for the day and it reveals the ‘most popular emoji’ by country.
Based on its rich data, Twitter revealed that in the United States, the ‘weary face’ has become the most popular emoji of the year. Canada and the United Kingdom also have the same most popular pictogram. In Japan, the beating heart bags the lead, while in the Philippines and Indonesia, the ‘grinning face’ has taken the most used title.
Self-proclaimed experts say popular emojis reflect the mood of the country; so is it possible that Americans have been weary recently?
Twitter says the results came from user usage from July 1, 2015 to June 30 of this year.