Emoji FaceTears Of Joy - Google - wikimedia commons
CAIRO – October 2017: - Emojis are a half-way minimalist medium between words and images; they usually express mood but still stretch through a very deep pit of expressive options, a pit so deep to the extent that they can be considered a complete language if you’re creative enough.
Originally, Emoji is a Japanese word which means picture characters; they originated from Emoticons which are typed using punctuation marks such as colons, semicolons, dashes and parentheses. Even though they might seem like a very electronic invention, emoticons are said to have been first suggested back in 1887 by Ambrose Bierce Bierce, who thought of adding a smiley face character to the set of already established punctuation marks. However, emoticons were invented almost a hundred years later by computer scientist Scott Fahlman from Carnegie Mellon University in 1982 when he suggested that jokes should be marked by a colon dash and close parentheses “:-)”, according to Business Insider.
Emoticon Smile Face - Ikamusume Fan - wikimeida commons
Around a decade later, in 1999, the first complete set of emojis, consisting of 176 emojis, were designed by Shigetaka Kurita for a Japanese telecom network, according to New York Times. From there, emojis kept developing and spreading until they were added to G-mail in 2007 and Apple’s iOS 5 in 2011.
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From then, countless 2D emojis were created and became trendy, notably so Whatsapp’s emojis.
Crying Laughing Emoji – Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons/VapePig
With the announcement of their
8, 8 Plus and
the tech giant
, which are 3D versions of the Emojis which you can control through facial expressions.