Why 140 Characters, When One Will Do? Tracing The Emoji Evolution
June 30, 2014
You may have heard that 250 more emojis, the little smiley face icons and other symbols you can send in text messages, are coming to a cellphone near you.
The story of the emoji starts in Japan in the mid-1990s. Back then, pagers were all the rage with teenagers.
The ability to send an image of a cartoon heart was one of the special features on Docomo pagers. That’s widely believed to be the first instance of an emoji.
emojis caught on like wildfire in Japan because they helped clarify the meaning of text messages and avoid misunderstandings.
… Enter the Unicode Consortium http://www.unicode.org .
The group manages the Unicode Standard, which contains code for displaying characters like letters, math symbols and Chinese pictograms. It’s meant to ensure messages sent on phones and computers appear the same on both ends.