Pile of Poo emoji
Pile of Poo (💩), also known informally as "poomoji", "poop emoji", or simply the poo emoji, is an emoji resembling a coiled pile of poop, usually adorned with cartoon eyes and a large friendly smile. It can be used to convey disappointment, but it still holds its literal meaning.
A smiling and steaming pile of poo emoji first appeared in the set of 90 emoji for the J-Phone released in 1997. Public exposure to this set was limited by high device costs. J-Phone subsequently became Vodafone Japan, and is now known as SoftBank Mobile.
In 1998 or 1999, Japanese mobile operators NTT DoCoMo, au by KDDI, and SoftBank Mobile each defined their own variants of emoji using proprietary specifications. The first popular emoji set was created by NTT DoCoMo employee Shigetaka Kurita for the company's i-Mode service. Compared to SoftBank, au by KDDI included a pile of poo with a different design, without a smiley face.
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 Lewis 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.
Google first supported emoji in Gmail in October 2008, and Apple added Pile of Poo to iPhone OS within the first emoji release of Apple Color Emoji on November 21, 2008. Initially, Apple's emoji support was implemented for holders of a SoftBank SIM card; the emoji themselves were represented using SoftBank's Private Use Area scheme and mostly resembled the SoftBank designs.
In 2017, a "frowning pile of poo" emoji was shortlisted for inclusion in a future Unicode release. After negative feedback on this character from WG2 experts including Michael Everson and Andrew West, the frowning pile of poo emoji was removed from the list of emoji candidates.
The Pile of Poo emoji is encoded as follows:
|Unicode name||PILE OF POO|
|UTF-8||240 159 146 169||F0 9F 92 A9|
|UTF-16||55357 56489||D83D DCA9|
|Numeric character reference||💩||💩|
|Shift JIS (au by KDDI)||246 206||F6 CE|
|Shift JIS (SoftBank 3G)||249 155||F9 9B|
|7-bit JIS (au by KDDI)||118 80||76 50|
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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