This is the first time that a pictograph has been used as a Word of the Year. According to the Oxford Dictionaries blog, was the best word they could come up with that captured the "ethos, mood, and preoccupations of 2015"
The chart below shows the rise in usage of the emoji, making it the most used emoji worldwide.
Finally—a dedicated poop key!
Because the workforce is now mostly made of Millennials and our language has devolved into tiny cartoon symbols, Austin-based company EmojiWorks has created an emoji keyboard.
That's right. We've come to this, Internet.
There are three versions of the keyboard, which connects through Bluetooth making it compatible with Mac, iOS and Windows. Here are the specs:
The Emoji Keyboard contains 47 emoji right at your fingertips, including the most common emoji, plus the thinker, taco, unicorn and robot from the recently released iOS 9.1 update. The Emoji Keyboard Plus has double the emoji plus more from iOS 9.1, including the middle finger and hot dog. The Plus also has skin tone modifier keys. The Pro model has everything the Plus has, but with more than 120 emoji.
The keyboard works just like a traditional caps locks key would. You just push the "emoji" button and choose the character for your situation.
Emoji keyboard starts at $89.95 and will start shipping in December.
Now you can have your emoji and YouTube it, too!
Researchers at University of Amsterdam and Qualcomm Research have created an emoji search engine that lets you use the tiny pictures to search through thousands of YouTube videos.
The prototype, called Emoji2Video, has a a curated list of 385 emoji users can select to search through a database of 45,000 YouTube videos
MIT Technology Review explains how the technology works:
The researchers used deep-learning techniques to produce emoji labels for videos that seem to appropriately represent what's in them (a baseball or a dog, for instance) and to determine how likely it is that those things are in a given frame. About one out of every 50 frames was analyzed, Cappallo says, and the emojis chosen to represent those are averaged to get one short emoji list, ordered in decreasing confidence, for that particular video.
Researchers hope this technology could be used for bridging language gaps.
It still obviously needs some work. A quick search using the eggplant emoji gives you this video on how to make an eggplant sandwich.
Because we all know what the eggplant really means.
We wish we could dislike this story on Facebook.
Turns out we were right to be suspicious when we told you Mark Zuckerberg hinted at a 'dislike' button for Facebook last month.
Instead, Facebook revealed to TechCrunch Oct. 8, that the social network planned to 'supercharge' the existing 'Like' button by giving users some extra options on how to react.
Today, Facebook is taking the wraps off what form the new Like may take. It is rolling out "Reactions," a new set of six emoji that will sit alongside the original thumbs-up to let users quickly respond with love, laughter, happiness, shock, sadness and anger.
Facebook tells us that the pop-up feature will first start out as a test in two markets only, Spain and Ireland, before it decides whether to tweak it and/or how to roll it out further.
...The new set of reactions will appear across both mobile and desktop versions of the app and on all posts in the News Feed — be they from friends, Pages/accounts you follow, or advertisers. ...The reactions will work simply enough. On mobile, the emoji will come up when you touch the like button on your screen; on desktop they will come up as you hover the mouse over the like or click on it.
TechCrunch shows it as such:
Facebook Chief Product Officer Chris Cox even put up a video of what these Reactions will look like.
Today we're launching a pilot test of Reactions — a more expressive Like button. As you can see, it's not a "dislike" button, though we hope it addresses the spirit of this request more broadly. We studied which comments and reactions are most commonly and universally expressed across Facebook, then worked to design an experience around them that was elegant and fun. Starting today Ireland and Spain can start loving, wow-ing, or expressing sympathy to posts on Facebook by hovering or long-pressing the Like button wherever they see it. We'll use the feedback from this to improve the feature and hope to roll it out to everyone soon.Posted by Chris Cox on Thursday, October 8, 2015
Just ahead of Pope Francis' first visit to America, Twitter rolled out some new emojis to welcome the leader of the Catholic church.
The social media company explained the new emojis in a blog post.
As Pope Francis (@Pontifex) makes his historic journey to the US, there will undoubtedly be excitement and celebration surrounding his arrival – both in the cities he visits, and on Twitter. Considering the warm Twitter welcome he received shortly after being named Pope, we anticipate many devotees will flock to Twitter to savor his visit.
No matter where you are, we want to make it easy for you to follow right along with his journey. We also wanted to offer a bit of fun to the proceedings, so today you'll start to see special Twitter Emojis that celebrate his historic visit to the US. To see the emojis appended to the end of the hashtag, simply Tweet your messages using these hashtags:
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey welcomed the Holy See with the new emoji:
And others have joined as he arrived.
Not even Catholic and I'm excited for #PopeinUS lol— Becca (@BeccaAshmon) September 22, 2015
#PopeinUS emoji is killing my catholic ass— gem (@cecaelias) September 22, 2015
I'm not religious - but the #PopeinUS is quite something. This Pope is really breaking the stereotype - I really respect that!— Kar (@KarMarsten) September 22, 2015
Welcome to America, Your Popiness!
Rejoice iPhone users, for you will no longer need to use your words to express gross displeasure with someone via text. There will be a picture worth a thousand of them.
Something that was notably absent from yesterday's Apple event was the inclusion of new emojis which will be added to the plethora of pictures.
The most important of which is a middle finger.
It's not the only emoji making it to the list. There will also be a unicorn and even a burrito!
There's no public date for the release yet, but it is expected to be this year.