This one emoji seems to carry a pretty broad variety of uses. John Kelly looks at what 😬 means for different people.
The Ninja Cat emoji has been around on Windows since 2016, but as some people might not have seen it, here's a bump. These are ZWJ sequences that show the Ninja Cat (or Astro Cat, or Hacker Cat) on Windows, but on other platforms show the individual code points separately: a fairly graceful fallback.
More Gboard users are sending 😘 than 😍 according to new stats from Google. More linked in the article.
I was at the New York premiere of Emojiland on World Emoji Day (sitting next to the author of this article, incidentally) and really enjoyed it. Great music, superb casting, and it was funny too. I talk to Quinn Rose about Emojiland on the latest Corner of the Sky episode which comes out this weekend.
There is a difference between a smiling emoticon and smiling emoji so I appreciate this correction :)
This tumblr post did the rounds a while back, and keeps getting picked up. The whole tumblr-emoji-review is a format that continues to work well. Mostly due to the wide variety of designs to comment on.
(Avocado is not ranked as #1)
One challenge with flags (not specifically referencing the trans flag here) is that there are so many. Flags for people of Kurdistan, Native American tribes, Indigenous Australians, and a whole host of other LGBT flags. This shouldn't be a case against a trans flag, but it certainly gets trickier when venturing further than ISO codes which are used for the majority of current flags.
Screenreaders have no trouble reading the names of an emoji, but this can be disruptive when used in a decorative sense. Good to see sensible options like this from the Icon Factory.
My feeling with any avatar is it has to be cute, embellished, or a perfect representation. The uncanny valley in the Samsung approach to Bitmoji / Memoji/ AR Emoji just sits in the wrong place for me.
"Could" is doing a lot of the work here. It's a popular request, but as best as I can tell, there aren't current plans to add this variation.
I mean, do we NEED any new emoji?
I have to admit I didn't see the US military social media posts on World Emoji Day, but when I came across some of them afterward they did take me by, uh, surprise(?). Especially this Animoji post from the Department of Defense.