A Brief History Of Emojis – Emoticons To Memoji

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Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. Perhaps this is the strongest reason why so many people use Emojis today. Another reason for using Emojis is, they increase the clarity of human communication.

The fancy Emojis that we use today were not there always. Think about the phones that existed ten years back, they were not built to support this emojis. But people somehow did find a way to use a random combination of letters, numbers to build meaningful Emoticons out of them. What are emoticons? Let’s find out.


We all remember sending simple symbol combinations imitating different human expressions. The very first of these symbol combinations can be characterized as being outright analog compared to what we have now. They even had a name, Emoticons.

Emoticons is a pictorial representation of emotions using punctuation marks, numbers and letters as a time-saving method. People in Japan had their own version of Emoticons- Kaomoji


After the analog symbol combinations came the next generation of Emojis- the colorful and somewhat improved version of the analog symbols. Emojis are primarily used in digital medium and electronic messages. In fact, different platforms started introducing their own native set of emojis. To spice things up, WhatsApp introduced a middle-finger emoji that did not exist before. Currently, there are a total of 2,823 emojis out there.

Emoji were initially used by the Japanese mobile operators NTT DoCoMo, au, and SoftBank Mobile (formerly Vodafone). This generation of Emojis was ubiquitous just like the digital phones of that time, well they were the reason this emojis came into existence in the first place. But now we have come to the next generation of emojis. this new set of emojis lets you take a picture and turn in into an emoji, how fun is that?

Animoji-Customizable 3D Avatars

Animojis are 3D avatars of anything from cows, goats and even dinosaurs. These emojis are live, which means they will actually move and make different facial expressions. But how does it work exactly, do these emojis play a loop? Actually no! Animojis, which was introduced in iPhoneX, tracked your face and after identifying your facial expressions, overlayed it onto the emojis on your screen.

Memoji on iOS 12

Welcome to the next level of emojis. With this cool upgrade, which came with iOS 12, you can create your own personal emojis. Furthermore, you can add additional features to the emoji like a hat, a new haircut, eyewear or a fancy beard. All you need to do is open your camera, this way the App will track your face. After the App has identified your face, you will see the emoji face displayed on your screen and it will move and imitate any emotion you exhibit.

Now here is how this App eliminates boredom and adds another level to the game. This App lets you record videos with the Facemoji on. But how fun is it if you can’t share it with your friends. Don’t worry! Apple has you covered. After you create a Facemoji you can share it with your friends.

Wrapping Up!

Too much information in this blog? I have tried to make the blog informative yet fun to read. Do let us know about the time when you were first introduced to Emojis. You can also share with us the Emoji tricks you have for dealing with difficult conversations.

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