Speaker: Katie McLaughlin (twitter) is an Operations Engineer.
Emojis are broken.
ASCII was 7 bit, extended ASCII for Europeans 8 bit, and then we got unicode with 32 bit (or utf-8 for size, since we only use 10% of unicode space).
There was Windings, there was the peace sign, which is in unicode since the 90s, but mostly there were telecommunication companies' emojis, which were then made consistent by a combined effort of apple and google to introduce emojis into unicode standard v6.
- v6: Emojis join Unicode (2010)
- v6.1: Faces get added (2012)
- v7: spock gesture, chipmunk, unicorn (2014)
- v8: rock symbol, taco, upside-down smiley (2015)
- v9: selfie, bacon, duck, spoon, whisky, egg (2016)
- v10: more takeaway food (2017)
Get Emojis accepted
Emojis are decided on by the Emoji Board of the Unicode Consortium.
- backwards compatibility
- frequently used things (substantiated by google trends or similar, compared to, say, hamburgers)
- distinctiveness from other emoji
- completeness (eg add missing zodiac signs)
- overly specific
- open-ended categories
- already represented (even in combination)
- no branding
- no fads
- provide emojis yourself if you want any control over how they look
- add alt-texts
- refer to emojis by their standardized name
- use the twitter set (permissive license) or the emojione set, which is completely open source