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Emojipedia web screenshot (June 15, 2016).png
A screenshot illustrating the Emojipedia's listing for the "🐦" (bird) emoji.
Available in English
Editor Jeremy Burge
Website emojipedia.org
Alexa rank Increase 2,375 (December 2017)[1]
Launched 2013

Emojipedia is an emoji reference website[2] created by Jeremy Burge[3] in 2013.[4]

Emojipedia documents changes[5] to emoji symbols and their meanings[6] in the Unicode Standard, is a voting member of The Unicode Consortium[7] and has been called "the world's number one resource on emoji".[8]


Jeremy Burge created Emojipedia in 2013, and told the Hackney Gazette "the idea came about when Apple added emojis to iOS 6, but failed to mention which ones were new".[9]

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"[10] in relation to the downtime experienced by the site at the time.

Emojipedia told Business Insider in early 2016 that it served "over 140 million page views" per year, and was profitable.[11] 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.[12]

The Sydney Morning Herald reported that the site served 23 million page views in October 2017.[13]

World Emoji Day[edit]

World Emoji Day is a holiday created by Emojipedia in 2014[14] which is held on 17 July each year.[15] According to the New York Times the choice of 17 July was "based on the way the calendar emoji is shown on iPhones".[16]

Emojipedia used the second annual World Emoji Day to release EmojiVote as "an experiment in Emoji democracy".[17] In 2017, Apple used this event to preview new emojis for iOS[18] and Emojipedia announced the winners of the World Emoji Awards live from the New York Stock Exchange.[19]

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.[20] This preceded a similar program by the Unicode Consortium in December 2015.[21]

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.[22]

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,[23] Jimmy Kimmel Live[24] and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.[25]

In 2018, Portland Maine's Press Herald reported that Senator Angus King had endorsed a new lobster emoji[26] but Emojipedia's design was called out as "anatomically incorrect" due to an incorrect number of legs.[27] 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".[28]

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.[29]

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.[30]

See also[edit]

In 2015, Emojipedia entered its first partnership with Quartz to release an app that allowed users access previously-hidden country flag emojis on iOS.[31]

In 2017 The Library of Congress launched the Web Cultures Web Archive[32] which featured a history of "memes, gifs, and emojis" from references including Emojipedia, Boing Boing and GIPHY.[33]


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  2. ^ Yen, Yap (29 June 2015). "The Definitive Guide To All Things Emoji". Design Taxi. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  3. ^ Griffin, Andrew (17 July 2016). "Meet the man whose life work is cataloguing emoji". The Independent. Retrieved 10 October 2016. 
  4. ^ Van Luling, Todd (18 November 2014). "Why We Never Got Those 250 New Emoji We Were Promised". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 27 May 2015. 
  5. ^ Seward, Zachary (4 May 2015). "Microsoft is the only tech company daring enough to support the middle finger emoji". Quartz. Retrieved 5 May 2015. 
  6. ^ Davis, Mark (3 February 2015). "More Unicode Emoji Glyph changes" (PDF). Unicode Consortium. Retrieved 17 March 2015. 
  7. ^ "Unicode Members". www.unicode.org. Retrieved 6 December 2017. 
  8. ^ Shackleton, Emily (15 January 2016). "8 commonly confused emoji and what they really mean". Metro. Retrieved 15 April 2016. 
  9. ^ Ibitoye, Victoria (31 March 2016). "8 commonly confused emoji and what they really mean". Hackney Gazette. 
  10. ^ Hamill, Jasper (17 June 2014). "Unicode ideogram list-site Emojipedia goes titsup". The Register. London. Retrieved 5 April 2015. 
  11. ^ Price, Rob (17 January 2016). "Interview with Jeremy Burge, founder of Emojipedia". Business Insider. Retrieved 29 January 2016. 
  12. ^ Baraniuk, Chris (5 August 2016). "Apple urged to rethink gun emoji change". BBC. London. 
  13. ^ Olding, Rachel (2 December 2017). "How Jeremy Burge turned his curiosity with emojis into a six-figure salary". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 6 December 2017. 
  14. ^ O'Neill Deighan, Emma (17 July 2015). "It's World Emoji Day, how will you celebrate?". Belfast Live. Retrieved 21 April 2016. 
  15. ^ Schupak, Amanda (17 July 2015). "Could you use these new emoji in a sentence?". CBS News. Retrieved 19 July 2015. 
  16. ^ Varn, Kathryn (17 July 2015). "Letting Our Emojis Get in the Way". The New York Times. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  17. ^ Varn, Kathryn (17 July 2015). "Letting Our Emojis Get in the Way". The New York Times. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  18. ^ Hern, Alex (17 July 2017). "Apple marks World Emoji Day with beards, headscarves and breastfeeding". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 17 August 2017. 
  19. ^ Desk, BWW News. "Winners of World Emoji Awards to be Announced on World Emoji Day". Retrieved 17 August 2017. 
  20. ^ Gottsegen, Gordon (4 September 2015). "Adopting Emoji Is Like Adopting Internet Highways". Wired. 
  21. ^ McHugh, Molly (16 December 2015). "Why Unicode Is Putting Its Emoji Up For Adoption". Wired. 
  22. ^ Burge, Jeremy (14 November 2016). "Adopt Your Emoji at Unicode". Emojipedia. 
  23. ^ "Making Room for New Emojis – The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (Video Clip) | Comedy Central". Comedy Central. Retrieved 12 March 2018. 
  24. ^ Jimmy Kimmel Live (22 June 2016), Jimmy Kimmel Explains the New Emojis, retrieved 12 March 2018 
  25. ^ "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 12 March 2018. 
  26. ^ "Lobster". Emojipedia. 
  27. ^ "Lobster emoji design stumbles, perhaps for want of 2 more legs". Press Herald. 8 February 2018. Retrieved 12 March 2018. 
  28. ^ Barasch, Alex. "The New Lobster and DNA Emojis Are Now Scientifically Accurate. Well Done, Nerds!". Slate Magazine. Retrieved 12 March 2018. 
  29. ^ "Bungled Lobster, Skateboard, DNA Emoji Fixed Ahead of Release". Geek.com. 23 February 2018. Retrieved 12 March 2018. 
  30. ^ "Words Fail Me, Series 8, Fry's English Delight – BBC Radio 4". BBC. Retrieved 12 March 2018. 
  31. ^ Seward, Zach (10 June 2015). "Say hello to Flags, the world's emoji keyboard for iPhones". Quartz. New York. 
  32. ^ "About this Collection – Web Cultures Web Archive". The Library of Congress. Retrieved 17 August 2017. 
  33. ^ "The Library of Congress Archives Web Culture Online". CraveOnline. 16 August 2017. Retrieved 17 August 2017. 

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