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Where do the emojis come from?

By Jan Rentzow | September 01, 2016, 1:05 p.m.

They belong in the net like letters in words. They allow us to communicate without saying anything. We use them individually or in as funny a combination as possible. But how are emojis created - and where do they actually come from?

Emojis were invented in Japan as early as the late 90s. Since then, new ones have been added regularly.

The fact is: Already half of the text messages on Instagram alone are supplemented by pictograms or in some cases even replaced. Emojis join more and more messages on Twitter, Facebook, Whatsapp.

What is your real function? Help the user while writing to express what he cannot do with text - or at least very difficult for a lot of people: gestures and facial expressions. Emojis ensure that irony (very important on the Internet) does not go wrong. The most popular emojis are therefore the smileys.

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Who decides on emojis?

In principle, anyone can suggest an emoji if they consider it important. A consortium will decide whether it will actually find its way into the worldwide networked digital communication. This consortium is called Unicode. The major software manufacturers, from Facebook to Google and IBM, sit on the decision-making body and vote.

Unicode ensures that the released emojis appear in the same basic form on all operating systems, even if the final design can vary on Google's Android or Apple's iOS, Microsoft's Windows, Facebook or Twitter.

The emoji rulebook

However, there are also some rules for sharing a new emoji:

  • The meaning of an emoji must be clearly recognizable.
  • There has to be a convincing reason why the emoji will become particularly popular among users.
  • Emojis can be colorful, bizarre and even animated. Or just black and white.
  • In principle, only images of living people, brand logos or gods are prohibited.

Inquiries in search engines are proof of the urgency of adding a new member to the list of emojis. Because more and more people in the world were looking for a selfie emoji, one has been around since June.

There have also been 71 other new emojis since then. A smiley face with a cowboy hat, an emoji that rolls with laughter, a green choking face, a lying emoji with a Pinocchio nose and a kebab symbol. If you are desperately looking for this and cannot find it: The software manufacturers are only gradually integrating them.

Emojis for all colors and genders

Three more facts:

  1. Originally, emojis were not supposed to be too specific for people and body parts, ideally even to remain as neutral as possible in order to treat all people equally. Because the people of the world wanted it, there are now emojis that come even closer to them. With six different skin colors.
  1. There is also more differentiation between the sexes. In the future, there will always be a male and a female variant of all person emojis. One of the few exceptions: the pregnant woman.
  1. The next emojis at Unicode - 16 professions - are planned for November.
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