World Emoji Day 2022

World Emoji Day 2022: A Peek Into The Emoji History

Yes, the 17th of July is considered World Emoji Day. This World Emoji Day 2022, we shall look at how far emojis have come, their creation, and what they are used for.


Do you love or hate emojis?

We live in an era where communication has come a long way. Apart from our usual methods of communication like verbal or visual communication, we can also communicate via other methods like morse code and instant messaging. There has been a histrionic change in how people communicate globally.

Most, if not all of us, use smartphones. One of the boons of 21st Century modern technology, smartphones enables us to communicate in more ways than one. Smartphones have virtually eliminated the need to communicate with words. Now we don’t have to say, write or type in long sentences that express glee, surprise, or sadness. Now, all we need to use are miniature yellow faces – emojis.

Emojis, also known as pictograms, logograms, ideograms, or smileys, have become a staple in everyday conversation. This visual mode of text messaging traces its origins back to 1982 when computer scientist Scott Fahlmamn implied that symbols such as 🙂 and 🙁 can potentially replace speech. This idea, however, was not new. It was first (we believe) explored by famed novelist Vladimir Nabokov. We can see this in one of his interviews with The New York Times.

“I often think there should exist a special typographical sign for a smile — some sort of concave mark, a supine round bracket, which I would now like to trace in reply to your question.”

Vladimir Nabokov / The New York Times

This was his response to the question Alden Whitman asked him. During their electronic bulletin board exchange in 1969, Alden Whitman asked Nabokov, “How do you rank yourself among writers (living) and of the immediate past?

While Nabokov’s reply was sly, he wished for a typographical smile to express his feelings. Little does he know that his wish came true and that what we have now is more than a concave mark.

A mere idea thought half a decade ago has become a significant part of everyday life. Considering the soaring significance of emojis, new characters and modified existing emojis are rolled out quite frequently.

There are 3,633 emojis in the Unicode Standard as of September 2021. The most recent emoji release is Emoji 14.0, which added 112 new emojis.

Emojis are everywhere. They have become the most convenient way to communicate since they have reduced the use of words. Its influence has surpassed all modern forms of communication, so much that now there is a special day dedicated to celebrating it. The World Emoji Day.

World Emoji Day:

World Emoji Day 2022 © pikisuperstar / freepik

As mentioned earlier, World Emoji Day is celebrated on 17 July yearly. World Emoji Day tries to promote the use of emojis and spread happiness to those around us. It also celebrates how emojis and their inclusion in digital interactions have made communication easier. With all its technological advancements, the current generation enables us humans to stay connected via messages and emoticons. And emojis have drastically changed the texting lingo.

People of all age groups find emojis convenient to express their emotions. So, isn’t it obvious that the emojis deserve a day that celebrates them? The first World Emoji Day was celebrated on 17 July 2014, and the first tweet about it was made on 11 July the same month. In 2015, the day was the top trend on social media. In 2018, after the day became observed worldwide, it was reported that millions of people marked the day by communicating using only emojis.

Jeremy Burge, an emoji historian, conceptualized World Emoji Day. He is also the founder of Emojipedia, a popular emoji reference website. Emojipedia, commonly known as the encyclopedia of emojis, offers a reservoir of information on emoji characters, their origins, design changes, and trends in usage.

This day is observed by technology companies that offer operating systems, instant messaging applications, and social media platforms by introducing new emojis.

History Of Emojis:

The use of emojis in the digital era that we live in has become crucial. Most, if not all, individuals choose to communicate their thoughts through these digital characters. When someone sends a funny image, we use the laughing emoji. When words fail us, emojis not only let us convey our feelings to the person on the opposite side. Sometimes a simple emoji is all we need to get out of a sticky situation or end a needless debate.

While the idea of emojis dates back to 1969, aren’t you curious as to who actually started making them?

The original set of 176 emojis © Website / MoMa

Shigetaka Kurita, a Japanese programmer, invented emojis in 1999 so that pagers in Japan could transmit and receive heart-shaped emoticons. He had to work within a grid measuring 12 by 12 pixels. This minuscule dose of information now has an enormous amount of meaning.

Founder of Emojis, Shigetaka Kurita © Website / CNN

His emoji were created for a specific reason. To ease communication on a nascent mobile internet system developed by Japanese telecom giant NTT DoCoMo. This system offered emails. But the emails were restricted to 250 characters, so emojis were a way to say more in a limited space.

You might wonder why the original emojis look so blocky compared to modern ones. That is because back then, Kurita had to work within several limitations. He was only given the option of making an emoji with a meager 144-pixel resolution. This is the reason why it looks super blocky.

One of Kurita’s original sketches for the original emoji set © Website / CNN

Since then, the Unicode Consortium has developed universal character standards across all software systems, including emoji. The frequency is one of the determining criteria in whether an emoticon makes the cut.

Emojis continue to grow in use worldwide. And it’s not used just for personal communication. Businesses and brands worldwide are adopting emojis in a big way to relate to their customers. Everyone uses emojis, from luxury fashion brands to sports athletes, Instagram influencers, and TikTok celebrities, to engage with the audience. To get a sense of just how rapidly emojis ensnare themselves in contemporary discourse, check out Matthew Rothenberg’s bewildering emoji tracker, which documents emoji use on Twitter in real-time. 

World Emoji day 2022: The Ultimate List

As World Emoji Day appears on the calendar emoji of our digital keyboards today, we have prepared the ultimate list of the most popular and most unpopular emojis of 2022.

World Emoji Day 2022 – Most Popular Emojis

  • Loudly crying face: 😭 A yellow face with an open mouth crying; this emoji’s streams of heavy tears often mislead an unprepared user for a split second. But worry not: while it can indicate grief, this emoji has primarily been used to share positivity.
  • Smiling face with heart eyes: 😍 A yellow face with hearts for eyes is an extremely popular emoji. While it looks a little weird, people often send it when wanting to express themselves in a way to say they love or miss the opposite person.
  • Red Heart: ❤️ A simple red heart, this emoji is, and will always be, one of the most used emojis. A common emoji on the internet, it is used to express love, affection, and adoration. There are two red heart emojis present on the keyboard; the first is a standard red heart, while the another is a heart suit that appears slightly darker.
  • Face with tears of joy: 😂 A yellow face with tears in its eyes. This emoji is one of the best emojis to have ever been created. I mean, it just exudes happiness, delight, and laughter. It is spotted frequently in online chats, messages, and social media posts. As per Emojitracker, it has been used over three billion times on Twitter.
  • Rolling on the floor laughing: 🤣It’s a yellow face, squished and tilted on its side as if it is rolling on the floor laughing. This emoji usually portrays bursts of unrestrained laughter. Often contrasted to Face with Tears of Joy, it is usually used as a common response for “when somebody says something super idiotic.”
  • Birthday Cake: 🎂 A cake with a few candles on top. This is another emoji frequently used on all social media platforms. It is used for many occasions like birthdays, anniversaries, and weddings. An emoji that marks celebration is extremely popular among all ages.
  • Winking face: 😉 A yellow winking face, this emoji is an absolute classic. Often used while having a flirty conversation, this is a great go-to emoji for mischievous situations. There are times when people use this emoji to joke playfully or reveal a secret to the reader.

World Emoji Day 2022 – Least Popular Emojis

  • Raising Hands: 🙌 Two yellow hands raised, this emoji is often signified as the High-Five emoji. While it sounds cool, no matter what you send out, you must agree that this emoji can not mimic an actual high-five. This emoji is not liked by many, especially fans of Barney Stinson from the sitcom How I Met Your Mother, claiming that it is a failure to get the enthusiasm across.
  • Upside down smile: 🙃 A smiling yellow face that’s upside down, this emoji is used less when compared to other popular emojis. The upside-down face has several meanings attached to it. It apparently can mean that the sender is either being sarcastic or silly. It can also indicate absurdity, passive aggression, mockery, and irony. It can be difficult to parse the correct meaning of this emoji unless you are well acquainted with the sender. Thus, making it unpopular.
  • Cowboy Hat Face: 🤠 A brightly smiling yellow face with a cowboy hat. Have you ever used this emoji? I don’t think I have. People rarely use this emoji because not many situations require sending out this emoji. Also, the grinning face with the cowboy hat seems a little too enthusiastic for most people.
  • Nauseated Face: 🤢 A green face that is about to hurl. This emoji is plain disgusting. If you are feeling sick, just type in a written message instead of this icon of a green face. The emoji looks like an unripe tomato and will make any conversation unpleasant.
  • Person in suit levitating:🕴️This special character was initially introduced as an ‘exclamation mark in the style of the rude boy logo found on records by The Specials.’ It represents a man wearing a suit, flying above the ground with a small shadow beneath him. But the emoji failed to catch on and remains weird for many people.

Here is a fun fact this World Emoji Day 2022. If you are a marketer, then emojis are perfect for you. Did you know that the use of emojis increases engagement by a whopping 48% on Instagram? Tweets with emojis received 25.4% more attention than those without emojis. A recent study analyzed 31 million tweets and half a million Facebook posts and found that emoticons were a common factor among all the influential social accounts. 72% of 18-25-year-olds prefer using emojis to convey their feelings. This makes emojis highly valuable in engaging brand or product sentiment.

World Emoji Day 2022 – Celebrating Emojis

Emojis are used by most, if not all, of us on a daily basis. Thus, isn’t it natural to celebrate this accessory that helps us all? Now that you have gained a perspective on the history of emojis and their significance, why not inundate your loved ones with your favorite emojis this World Emoji Day?

Frequently Asked Questions About World Emoji Day:

Why is World Emoji Day on July 17?

July 17 is the date that is shown in its emoji. Famously displayed in the 📅 Calendar Emoji, this makes July 17 the perfect date for 🌏 World Emoji Day.

Why does the Calendar Emoji show July 17?

This is when iCal for Mac was first announced at MacWorld Expo in 2002. We now use this for World Emoji Day.

What is the purpose of World Emoji Day?

The purpose of 🌎 World Emoji Day is to promote the use of emojis and spread the 😋 enjoyment that they bring to all of those 👬👫👭 around us. Emojis are for 😊 all of us.

How can I celebrate World Emoji Day?

Anyone can join in the celebration of World Emoji Day by using the hashtag #WorldEmojiDay.

What happens on World Emoji Day?

People celebrate 🌏 World Emoji Day in different ways. Some people hold 🎉 parties or 🙌 events. Others like to get 🎨 creative sharing emoji art online.

What is the best emoji?

The 👌 best emoji is the one you like the most. Or the 🐸 frog. You decide.

What do you think of World Emoji Day? Will you be celebrating World Emoji day 2022? What’s your favorite emoji? Let us know in the comments below!

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