Emojipedia

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Emojipedia
An orange book with a yellow smiley face on the cover.
Available inEnglish
EditorJeremy Burge
URLemojipedia.org
Launched2013

Emojipedia is an emoji reference website[1] which documents the meaning and common usage of emoji characters[2] in the Unicode Standard. Most commonly described as an emoji encyclopedia[3] or emoji dictionary,[4] Emojipedia also publishes articles and provides tools for tracking new emoji characters, design changes[5] and usage trends.[6][7]

Emojipedia is a voting member of The Unicode Consortium[8][9] and has been called “the world's number one resource on emoji”.[10]

History[edit]

Jeremy Burge[11] created Emojipedia in 2013,[12] and told the Hackney Gazette “the idea came about when Apple added emojis to iOS 6, but failed to mention which ones were new”.[13]

Emojipedia rose to prominence with the release of Unicode 7 in 2014, when The Register reported the “online encyclopedia of emojis has been chucked offline after vast numbers of people visited the site”[14] in relation to the downtime experienced by the site at the time.

In 2015, Emojipedia entered its first partnership with Quartz to release an app that allowed users access previously-hidden country flag emojis on iOS.[15]

Emojipedia told Business Insider in early-2016 that it served “over 140 million page views” per year, and was profitable.[16] In mid-2016, Emojipedia “urged Apple to rethink its plan to convert the handgun emoji symbol into a water pistol icon” citing cross-platform confusion.[17]

In 2017 The Library of Congress launched the Web Cultures Web Archive[18] which featured a history of memes, gifs, and emojis from references including Emojipedia, Boing Boing and GIPHY.[19]

The Sydney Morning Herald reported that the site served 23 million page views in October 2017.[20] Total page views for 2013–2019 were said to have reached one billion by February 2019.[21] The New Yorker reported Emojipedia served 50 million page views in April 2020.[22]

News and Analysis[edit]

In 2016 an Emojipedia analysis[23] showed that the peach emoji[24] is most commonly used to represent buttocks.[25]

In 2017, after Google CEO Sundar Pichai pledged to “drop everything” to update Android's burger emoji,[26] Emojipedia revealed[27] the cheese layering issue had been resolved.[28][29][30]

In 2018 Emojipedia revealed[31] that Apple planned to “fix” its bagel emoji[32] design[33] by adding cream cheese,[34] following user complaints.[35]

A 2020 study by Emojipedia[36] found that U+1F637 😷 FACE WITH MEDICAL MASK[37] and U+1F9A0 🦠 MICROBE[38] were most used to represent COVID-19.[39][40] Also in 2020, Emojipedia revealed[41] that Apple's forthcoming iOS update would change the mask-wearing emoji[42] to display a smiling face.[43][44][45]

In January 2021 Emojipedia reported that U+1F602 😂 FACE WITH TEARS OF JOY had been declared an emoji 'for boomers'[46][47] on TikTok, and in March 2021 published analysis showing U+1F62D 😭 LOUDLY CRYING FACE had become the most used emoji on Twitter.[48][49]

World Emoji Day[edit]

World Emoji Day is a holiday created by Emojipedia[50] in 2014[51] which is held on 17 July each year.[52] According to the New York Times, 17 July was chosen due to the design of the calendar emoji (on iOS) showing this date.[53][54]

Emojipedia used the second annual World Emoji Day to release EmojiVote as “an experiment in Emoji democracy”.[55] In 2017–2020, Apple used this event to preview new emojis for iOS.[56][57][58] Emojipedia reveals the winners of the World Emoji Awards each year, with past announcements held live at the New York Stock Exchange[59] and National Museum of Cinema.[60]

Adopt an Emoji[edit]

Emojipedia launched Adopt an Emoji in September 2015 as “an attempt to make the site free of display ads” according to Wired.[61] This preceded a similar program by the Unicode Consortium in December 2015.[62]

The Emojipedia “Adopt an Emoji” program was shut down in November 2016, citing confusion for users and advertisers due to the similarity with Unicode's fundraising effort.[63]

Cultural impact[edit]

Emojipedia's images for future emoji designs have been used as the source of jokes in opening monologues on late night television shows such as The Daily Show,[64] Jimmy Kimmel Live[65] and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.[66]

In 2018, Portland Maine's Press Herald reported that Senator Angus King had endorsed a new lobster emoji[67] but Emojipedia's design was called out as “anatomically incorrect” due to an incorrect number of legs.[68] The number of legs on Emojipedia's lobster design was subsequently fixed in a future release. Slate reported this as “a victory for scientists and lobster fans everywhere”.[69]

Skater Tony Hawk criticized Emojipedia's skateboard design as being "'mid-'80s ... beginner-level' board 'definitely not representative' of the modern sport” and subsequently worked with the company to produce an updated design.[70]

On BBC Radio 4, Stephen Fry described Emojipedia as “a kind of Académie française for your iPhone” when assessing its impact on the English language.[71]

Legal precedent[edit]

In 2018, Emojipedia was presented in the Federal Court of Australia as “a reputable website in telling us how to interpret these faces” by a lawyer for Geoffrey Rush during a defamation case against Nationwide News. This was in the context of interpreting an emoji sent by Rush to a fellow actor, which Rush described as “the looniest emoji I could find”.[72] Rush said he would have used an emoji of Groucho Marx or The Muppets' Fozzie Bear if they had been available.[73] Reports indicate Rush's lawyer “attempted to hand up to Justice Michael Wigney a printout of the emoji's meaning from Emojipedia” but a barrister for Nationwide News objected, stating it “doesn't matter what Emojipedia says the emoji is”. Justice Wigney agreed that an emoji definition “is in the eye of the beholder”: inferring the context within the message was more important than the Emojipedia definition.[74]

In the 2020 case of Burrows v Houda, the District Court of New South Wales considered the use of emoji U+1F910 🤐 ZIPPER-MOUTH FACE[75] and whether it could constitute defamation.[76] Judge Gibson referred to Emojipedia noting its definition of the zipper-mouth emoji to imply “a secret” or “stop talking”, “in circumstances where a person impliedly knows the answer but is forbidden or reluctant to answer”.[77][78]

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