Pile of Poo emoji
In 1998 or 1999, Japanese mobile operators NTT DoCoMo, au, and SoftBank Mobile each defined their own variants of emoji using proprietary standards, the first of which was created by NTT DoCoMo employee Shigetaka Kurita.
In 2007, Google, looking to expand its presence in Japan and Asia as a whole, partnered with au to develop emoji for Gmail, a project codenamed "Mojo". Gmail's design for the pile of poo emoji lacked a face and was circled above by animated flies. When deciding which emoji to include, Takeshi Kishimoto, Google's Japanese product manager, went directly to the manager of Gmail and convinced him that the pile of poo emoji was the "most useful" emoji. This was corroborated by a statistical analysis undertaken by Google to determine which emoji were the most popular among Japanese users. According to Google software engineer Darren Tong the pile of poo emoji was "way up there" in terms of popularity. Design for the emoji was left to Google Doodle artists Ryan Germick and Susie Sahim, who sought to put a "Google spin" on the existing emojis. They drew inspiration from the existing emoji designs as well as the character Poop-Boy from the Dr. Slump manga by Akira Toriyama. They limited themselves to a size of 15×15 pixels and colors used only in Google's logo.
ABC News' Samantha Selinger-Morris states in her 2016 article that the smiling poop emoji is "one of the most popular emojis in existence" due to its "ineffable charm" and "ability to transcend language barriers and political differences." As such, it has been featured on mylar birthday balloons and cupcakes. In 2016, a termite mound in Western Australia was transformed into a smiling poop emoji by a couple with supplies from Kmart.
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