Smiley Face: A glimpse of Emojis history



Mon, 06 Nov 2017 - 10:30 GMT


Mon, 06 Nov 2017 - 10:30 GMT

Emoji FaceTears Of Joy - Google - wikimedia commons

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.

Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons/ Twemoji 1f60e - Twitter

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


also announced


, which are 3D versions of the Emojis which you can control through facial expressions.



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