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World Emoji Day 2017: Some interesting facts on emojis that we use everyday

The emojis that have become part of our digital lives today were originally started by a telecom company guy in Japan for use on pagers to connect with the youth

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July 17 is celebrated as the World Emoji Day — the colorful symbols used in instant messages.

Here are some interesting facts you probably didn’t know about them:

# Oxford dictionary defines emoji as a small digital image or icon used to express an idea or emotion in electronic communication.

# Currently there are 2,666 emojis on the official Unicode Standard List

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A list of standard emojis and representations across different platforms (Source : )

#Founder of World Emoji Day is Jeremy Burge who is also a member of the Unicode’s Committee and aids the consortium that considers hundreds of applications every year

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Source: Facebook

# The word “emoji” is a Japanese expression and actually stands for picture

# The first emoji was developed by a Japanese man named Shigetaka Kurita in 1990 during his stint at telecom company NTT Docomo

#The first purpose a emoji was created was for use on the pagers with the idea that it will leave a mass impact on teenage and youth people

# 5 billion emojis are sent daily on Messengers (Source: Emojipedia)

# Emojis have started being used since the 1990s and Apple first introduced them in his iPhone keyboard in 2011

# The first World Emoji Day was started in 2014 and the reason behind choosing the date 17 July was that it appears on the emoji for “calendar”

# Some of the most popular emojis used across the world include : person shrugging, face with tears of joy, the red heart emoji and smiling face with heart eyes

# The fish flag emoji is used during Children’s Day celebrations in Japan whereas the ticket emoji is for John Appleseed

# The Empire State Building in New York has been lit in the form of yellow smiley face, and London’s Royal Opera House will present 20 well-known operas and ballets in emoji form online, the BBC reported, as part of World Emoji Day 2017 Celebrations

Meanwhile, here are a couple of 'EModis' in good humour:

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