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Frequently Asked Questions

Read through our FAQ to find answers to the most commonly asked questions on emojis and emoticons.

  • What are emoji?

    Emoji are โ€œpicture charactersโ€ associated with cellular telephone usage in Japan. But now popular worldwide. The word emoji comes from the Japanese ็ตต (e โ‰… picture) + ๆ–‡ๅญ— (Moji โ‰… written character).

    Emoji are icons of faces, weather, vehicles, buildings, food, drink, animals and plants. These emotions represent feelings or activities. In cellular phone usage, many emoji characters are in colour image. Some are in animated form, usually as a repeating sequence of two to four images, for example a pulsing red heart.

  • Who created the emojis?

    The first emoji created in 1999 by Japanese artist Shigetaka Kurita. Kurita worked on the development team for โ€œi-mode,โ€. i-mod is an early mobile internet platform from Japanโ€™s main mobile carrier, DOCOMO. Kurita wanted to design to convey information in a simple way. An icon to show the weather forecast rather than spelling out โ€œcloudy.โ€ So Kurita sketched a set of images that could select from a keyboard. Then sent on mobiles and pages as their own individual characters.

  • Are emoji the same thing as emoticons?

    Not exactly. Emoticons (from โ€œemotionโ€ plus โ€œiconโ€) are specifically intended to depict facial expression or body posture as a way of conveying emotion or attitude in e-mail and text messages. They originated as ASCII character combinations such as :-) to indicate a smileโ€”and by extension, a jokeโ€”and :-( to indicate a frown. In East Asia, a number of more elaborate sequences have been developed, such as (")(-_-)(") showing an upset face with hands raised. Over time, many systems began replacing such sequences with images, and also began providing ways to input emoticon images directly, such as a menu or palette. The emoji sets used by Japanese cell phone carriers contain a large number of characters for emoticon images, along with many other non-emoticon emoji.

  • Emojis vs emoticons, How are they different?

    The first thing we come to think is that emojis are little pictures. Emoticons are the symbols of the keyboard like a smiley face. Some emoji app converts emoticons into smileys. Some say that this is a combination of (emotion + icons) to represent emotions. Emojis were not always related to emotions as there are animals, numbers, animals etc.

  • What is the difference between pictographs and emoji?

    Pictographs are symbols, such as U+26E8 โ›จ BLACK CROSS ON SHIELD. These are pictorial representations of objects, sometimes quite simplified.

    The set of Unicode emoji intersects, but is not the same as the set of pictographs in the Unicode standard. Some characters are both emoji and pictographs, such as U+1F32D ๐ŸŒญ HOT DOG. Some characters are emoji but not pictographs, such as U+203C. DOUBLE EXCLAMATION MARK. Some characters are not emoji but are pictographs, such as U+26E8 โ›จ BLACK CROSS ON SHIELD.

  • Do emoji characters have to look the same wherever they are used?

    No, they donโ€™t have to look the same. Images for Lollipop is U+1F36D, Custard is for U+1F36E. For Honey Pot U+1F36F and U+1F370 is shortcake.

    Any pictorial representation of a lollipop, custard, honey pot or shortcake, a line drawing, grey scale, or coloured image is an emoji. However, a design that is too different from other vendorsโ€™ representations may cause interoperability problems.

  • How should emoji be displayed?

    Emoji symbols use color and animation. Emoji can also present as using a plain black & white โ€œtext presentationโ€.

  • What is the difference between emoji and dingbats?

    Most of the characters in the Dingbats block are from a well-established set of glyphs. Emoji and dingbats have some similarities. Few characters in the Dingbats are treated as emoji. However, while there is often a great deal of flexibility in the range of glyph shapes that may be used for the presentation of emoji. Most characters in the Dingbats block are expected to be presented with glyph shapes that closely align with those shown in the Unicode Standard, when shown with a โ€œtext presentationโ€.

  • Are emoji a new language?

    Emoji arenโ€™t a language, they donโ€™t have the grammar or vocabulary to substitute for written language. But in social media, people like to use them to add color and whimsy to their messages. It helps to make up for the lack of gestures, facial expressions, and tone of voice. They also add a useful ambiguity to messages. It allows the writer to convey many different possible concepts at the same time. You can view them more like borrowings of foreign words rather than a language by themselves.

  • Where can I use Emojis and Emoticons?

    Emoji are emoticons, smileys and ideograms. Users use emojis to express emotions in websites or electronic messages. With the use of emojis, users convey a certain emotion. It creates an emotional impact on the receiver. These emoji icons are very popular on social media websites and messaging apps. Users use emojis on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, iMessage, WhatsApp and others. You can also notice emojis used on Snapchat Trophies. Currently, Emoji symbols support on OS X, iOS, Windows, and Android..