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I'm slowly making my way up from under a pile of hot takes about the new emoji list announced last month. Some are good, some are funny, some draw a long bow. Listen into the latest Emoji Wrap podcast for more on this.

It's understandable. When every major tech platform has to agree on culturally significant iconography that ships on billions of phones worldwide, of course it will make news, and with news comes opinions.

People love the pinching hand. Clearly the most discussed of the whole set. Perhaps most surprising to me was the relative lack of interest in the accessibility updates. They were certainly covered, but perhaps as the response was entirely positive, there was no controversy to report.

A small reminder that even though Unicode 12.0 comes out next week (it includes the code points needed for much of Emoji 12.0), no platforms have yet committed to when they will roll out support. First will most likely be Twitter and Microsoft, with Google and Apple adding support later in the year.

Oh and while I have you, Emojipedia is about to serve its 1 billionth page view of all time (any day now). So for those of you who visit for the definitions, cross-platform comparisons, emoji news, search features or just to copy and paste an emoji: thank you ๐Ÿ™‡โ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ’•

Jeremy Burge

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