In the time between me speaking to Arielle Pardes at Wired two weeks ago, and now, most people have gone from an elbow bump as fun alternative to handshakes or hugs, to literally no physical contact with others now and a broad requirement to stay at home.
I know a lot of emoji suggestions are mostly for fun or conversation (which is fine, I like fun too!), this is one reason Unicode takes its time with proposals. If an elbow bump proposal were considered this year, it wouldn't even hit the first phones until mid-2021 at the earliest.
(there is a long-standing possibility of emojis that can flip direction which would permit a left and right 💪, but at this stage, it's been considered a low priority by Unicode)
Lots of findings in here, but two key ones:
- The main use of 🦠 Microbe on Twitter is now to discuss coronavirus
- The most popular emoji in coronavirus-related tweets is: 😂 Face with Tears of Joy - but that might just be because it's always the most popular in any set of tweets.
Keith dug down into what is popular if you offset the usual popularity, and the charts are in this post.
Separately, a new coronavirus page on Emojipedia demonstrates some good tips in emoji form, including
- 🚫🤦 Don't touch your face
- 🚫🤧🤲 Don't sneeze into hands
- ✅🤧💪 Do sneeze into your elbow
- 🧼🖐⏲2️⃣0️⃣ Wash your hands regularly, for at least 20 seconds
- ✅📦😌 Have groceries and other items delivered to your home
- 🚫🛒😡 When using local shops, don't buy literally everything on the shelves. Leave enough for others 💕
More combinations that Memoji stickers, fewer than Emoji Mashup Bot, Google's Emoji Kitchen is creatively done, and really provides some amusing and clever emoji combinations within Gboard.
Yes they send as stickers (images) not 'real emojis' that go within text, but that's how any kind of non-standard emoji has to be sent. Since publishing, there's also now a web version if you want to play on the computer, rather than on the phone.
People were doing this on TikTok before lockdown, but anyway, I should try it sometime as I'm on TikTok now so stay tuned 🤪 and if you add me, come say hey and that you came from Emoji Wrap 👋
Can I announce this here? I guess so. Jane Solomon who you'll have noticed writing for Emojipedia since 2019, is now our Senior Emoji Lexicographer.
What does that mean? Well, as a lexicographer Jane has considerable experience writing dictionary definitions of words; but in her role at Emojipedia she will be in charge of all new definitions coming to emojis on the site.
Jane replaces John Kelly, who has been looking after lexicography at Emojipedia since 2018.
Pinched fingers was certainly the 'media's pick' for new emoji to write about this year. I suspect like a lot of gestures, it will see decent real-world use as well.
Last link about that one emoji. Is the new emoji gesture "Italian, Arab, Israeli or generally Mediterranean?" It's pretty broad, which is a good thing.
Not every emoji needs one universal meaning; just like gestures aren't universal either.
I enjoy an emoji review or analysis as much as the next person, but there is a fine line between scientific accuracy of an emoji, and simply being able to convey a broader concept quickly, at small sizes.
Where one doesn't sacrifice the other, great! But if you can't tell what an emoji is, it doesn't matter how accurate it is. I file most of these under entertainment more than necessary changes.
I often get asked about how certain apps do their emoji search, and the truth is that most have their own custom mappings, where they manually tag certain emojis to correspond to various words or fields. Seems the only realistic way to handle this sort of thing, given how broad each actual emoji can be.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't there only a choice of six emoji designs on these plates in the first place? I did enjoy this from the article, written completely straight-bat: "The emojis are decorations, not part of the number plate, meaning drivers involved in an accident do not need to draw their emoji when exchanging details with fellow a motorist."