2,823. This is following the most recent addition of these 157 new emojis this year. They include a lobster, a kangaroo, superheroes, and skin tone variations of existing emoji. Not all the new ones are available yet, though Apple has unveiled over 70 new emojis that will be available later this year.
Who gets to decide which new emojis make the cut? Twelve full voting members on the voting committee of Unicode Consortium, the non-profit organisation that standardises emoji across all platforms and approves new ones that make the cut yearly. Among the voting members are Apple, Facebook, Huawei, IBM and Netflix… and the government of Oman. Each member pays a US$18,000 (S$24,572) annual fee to be on the board.
When did the brilliant idea of inventing emoji come about?
A grand total of 176 icons were first created by Japanese artist Shigetaka Kurita in 1999 and they looked like this (above).
What do people really think about the peach emoji?
Seven per cent of people use it to refer to the actual fruit. The rest use it to denote a butt or messages with sexual connotations.
Is it true that Donald Trump will have an emoji made in his likeness? Fake news! However, consider this: Out of the 6,400,278,100 emojis used on Twitter in the past two years, the largest volume of negative emojis recorded on Twitter happened during the American presidential election in 2016. Yup, 28.9 per cent of Twitter was flooded with negativity in the form of emoji as Trump was elected POTUS.
Which are the most commonly used emoji?
These are the top 5, according to Google’s latest findings.
Do people still use words to communicate? You're asking us? That said, there are 900mil emojis sent via Facebook Messenger every day without text.