From time to time, Google's new messaging products come into my periphery - but without a compelling reason to use one, I rarely do. Thankfully Owen Williams did take Allo for a spin, and here's how he found it.
Cleo Levin at Slate makes the case for less-specific emojis, using the example of the flat shoe emoji (a candidate for next year): "Emojis are symbols rather than literal renderings, and following certain visual conventions makes them more legible"
The headline is more inflammatory than the article which does attempt to cover "both sides" of how different people might think about gender-neutral emojis. Worth noting: Apple isn't responsible for which new emojis are released, but they are the most high profile vendor.
Hamdan Azhar on the emojis used in #MeToo tweets: "The top three emojis used with #MeToo are the ❤️ red heart, the 💔 broken heart, and the 😔 pensive face – conveying an emoji emotional signature of love, heartbreak, and disappointment"
A good look at how Unicode operates today: from juggling the alphabets of South Asia to the managing the emoji standards we use today.
Google "Emojineer" Monica Dinculescu with a tweet about something we often forget: Japanese handsets still doing their own thing with emoji. Also: Monica is good value to follow on Twitter in general. You should do that.
While we're on the topic of Japan: animated emojis were the norm on Japanese phones, yet not in the rest of the world. One vendor wants to bring animation back (not Apple!)
When Google CEO Sundar Pichai tweeted over the weekend that Google would "drop everything" on Monday to sort out feedback that their cheese-under-the-burger shown in Android's latest emoji font, little did he know just what a torrent of press this would get.
With great power to change emojis, comes great responsibility.
The first headline I saw pick this up was as linked above in Time, but then soon after there was ABC, The Verge, CNN Money and more jumping on board. Family members of mine in Australia sent links from its coverage on The Project. A fun Sunday evening story.
On Monday I asked other vendors about how they decided on their burger emoji ingredient order, with culinary experts at Microsoft, Twitter, and emojidex weighing in on Emojipedia.
The Washington Post summarized this by noting "Emojipedia solicited opinions from digital burger designers and discovered strong factionalization within the industry".
As coverage this seemingly innocuous topic was increasing throughout Monday, we had the alternative narrative of Fox News in the US covering the #Burgermoji incident while former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was indicted by the FBI.
All this, and we still never heard back from Sundar.