People say that a picture is worth a thousand words, but nobody has counted how many words an emoji is worth. It must be a lot because emojis really have a way of bringing your texts to life.
Before there were emojis, people represented facial expressions with punctuation marks. That was back in the stone age. Well no, actually that was in back 1881 and magazines printed the ‘punctuation facial expressions’.
“Emojis” originated in Japan. A Japanese artist by the name Shigetaka Kurita created the first set of emojis for Japan’s main mobile carrier, DOCOMO (source: wired).
So, they are a little weird but come on, it was 1999. They quickly became popular in Japan, and eventually other companies outside of the region like Apple and Google took interest in them. The companies petitioned the Unicode Consortium to get emojis recognized; it’s a non-profit group that maintains text standards.
So, along with all the things that you can thank Japan for, emojis should have a place on that list.