We use them every day, but what do they mean to us, and which are our favourites?
The date famously displayed on the Calendar Emoji (📅) is July 17, which is why today was chosen. According to WorldEmojiDay.com, today is “much bigger than just one emoji. World Emoji Day is a celebration of all emojis.”
Already, the hashtag #WorldEmojiDay is trending on Twitter, with people all over the world joining the discussion.
A guide to emojis— innocent drinks (@innocent) July 17, 2018
🙃Happy in Australia
😂Ever so slightly amused
💁🏽♀️Someone holding a chameleon
📠 IT'S 2018 WHY DOES ANYONE NEED A FAX MACHINE EMOJI#WorldEmojiDay
More than 150 new emojis have been approved in 2018 so far, bringing the total number to a whopping 2,823. This includes variations for skin tone and gender, with the new additions including redheads, a kangaroo, a lobster and a skateboard.
Emojis truly have changed the way many of us send a message. In fact, by mid-2015, half of all comments on Instagram included an emoji.
So what are our most used emojis?
- On Facebook, the most popular emojis include Face With Tears of Joy (😂) and Smiling Face with Heart Eyes (😍). With more than 700 million emojis being used in posts daily, and 900 million emojis being sent every day without text.
- On Twitter, the most used emoji is the Face With Tears of Joy (😂), with 86% of emoji users on Twitter being 24 or younger.
- For Apple, the top five emojis include; 😂❤️😭😍😘
Fun fact: The Peach emoji (🍑) is only used as a fruit by 7% of users. The rest of us, well... it's mostly used for ‘non-fruit uses’.
Emojis with meaning
Today, we're seeing not just jokes and entertainment, but how emojis are used in a way that encourages people to reach out to loved ones who may be going through a difficult time.
UK charity Independent Age are getting involved, tweeting “happily we now have older people emojis. Let’s not stop there - which new ones can we create to help people live with independence in later life?”
It's #WorldEmojiDay and happily, we now have older people emojis. Let's not stop there - which new ones can we create to help people live with independence in later life? 👴🏾👩🏼🦳👵🏿🧓— Independent Age (@IndependentAge) July 17, 2018
Australian suicide prevention charity, RUOK have also tweeted, reminding people to look out for the signs someone is going a tough time.
It's #WorldEmojiDay. Today we're reminding everyone to look out 👀 for the signs someone's going through a tough time, like 🙁😩😠, and ask R U 👌. Tips to help you ask at https://t.co/cS5uRAyNg4 #RUOK #RUOKDay— R U OK? (@ruokday) July 17, 2018
Who will you message today, and what emoji will you be using? 💕
The World Emoji Awards
Voting is now open for the 2018 World Emoji Awards, categories include;
- Best New Emoji
- Most Anticipated Emoji
- Excellence in Emoji Use
- Emoji of the Year (Awarded to the emoji that best describes 2018)
Winners will be announced at 3.20pm ET on World Emoji Day, July 17 🎉