💬 The Wrap
Hello and happy Thanksgiving my American readers 🦃 🍂 and regular Wednesday (or Thursday) to everyone else.
The big news today is some nostalgia. It's been 10 years since Apple first came out with emoji support on the iPhone.
There's no doubt the Apple emoji set wields great influence over the wider emoji landscape: partly due to early mass adoption (Gmail's emoji support was limited to the Gmail web interface, not a whole operating system) and partly due to the detailed designs which quickly became iconic and representative of "what an emoji is" to much of the general public.
If you don't already follow Emojipedia on Twitter, here's a thread today showing many before/after images of Apple emoji designs from 2008 and 2018.
And has it been under a month since the release of iOS 12.1? Bagelgate and Woozy-face-gate seem so long ago.
📊 Most Discussed New Emojis of iOS 12.1
In chart form: which emojis did people care about the most when iOS 12.1 came out, or which got little attention.
🎉 Apple Emoji Turns 10
That's right, iPhone OS 2.2 (this first iPhone update to include emojis) came out exactly 10 years ago today. Here's a look back on what's changed, and what hasn't.
🎽 Fitbit Sports Sporty Emojis
I love this sort of thing.
🤨 Microsoft made an app to rate your facial expressions against emojis
Am I imagining it or did Microsoft not do something like this years ago?
👨⚖️ Geoffrey Rush defamation trial: Actor sent ‘panting’ tongue emoji
'Geoffrey Rush's barrister Sue Chrysanthou just tendered an entry from www dot emojipedia dot com into evidence. She called it, with a straight face, "a reputable website"' - a tweet about this from Michael McGowan reporting from the Federal Court of Australia
🙅 Why You Can't Use These Emojis In Your Twitter Name
The list of emojis you can't put in a Twitter name has grown.
🏗️ Emoji Builder
Very cool UI to "build your own emoji". I was sent this more times than I can count. Fun to play for a few min, absolutely, though the shortcoming is that emojis are popular due to their ability to send inline with text, which this (obviously) cannot do.
🥴 Apple adds an emoji for the drunk weirdo at the bar
The bagel stole the early limelight of last month's iOS emoji update. But Woozy Face took the mantle upon release.
🚡 Which Is The Most Least-Used Emoji Of 2018?
The mechanics of simply updating a tally for "least used for x days" has turned a somewhat irrelevant fact (sort of - this doesn't track any new emoji) into an account that bubbles back in popularity with frequency.
🥴 Everyone's Hilariously Guessing At Whatever The Hell The New “Woozy Face” Emoji Is Supposed To Emote
Woozy Face pt. 2
😡 How the use of emoji on Islamophobic Facebook pages amplifies racism
It's beginning to feel like forums with community moderators were ahead of their time.
🙋 Who Created The Original Apple Emoji Set?
I originally spoke to Angela Guzman - who helped create the first Apple Emoji set as an intern in 2008 - a few months ago. For the record, here's the two other designers involved in that original font.
🛬 Airports suggest making plane arrival emoji a little less "crash-y"
Today in headlines.
🐱 "We made a mistake" - Product Hunt
Microsoft has Ninja Cat, Github has Octocat.
🥴 Drunk? Anaesthetised? Or just seen your bank balance? – what the new woozy emoji really means
Woozy Face pt. 3
🤷 Did Anyone Really, Genuinely, Seriously Care that the Bagel Emoji Was Bad?
It's a fine line in the media that surpasses emoji designs. What is a "genuine" outrage and what is amusing or tongue in cheek?
🥯 Ey, I’m a Real New Yawka, So Heah’s What I Think About Da Phone Bagel Pictchas
Okay this gave me a laugh.