Jeremy Burge [3] in 2013. [4] Emojipedia is an emoji reference website [2] created by “the world’s pre-eminent emoji specialist”

Emojipedia documents changes [5] to emoji symbols and their meanings [6] in the Unicode Standard has been called “the world’s number one resource on emoji”. [7]

History

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”. [8]

Emojipedia pink to prominence with the release of Unicode 7 in 2014 when The Register reported the “online encyclopedia of emojis has been chucked offline after large numbers of people visited the site” [9] 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. [10]

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]

In March 2017, Emojipedia reported it had 4 million unique users, and served 18 million page views each month. [13]

World Emoji Day

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

Emojipedia used the second annual World Emoji Day to release EmojiVote as “an experiment in Emoji democracy” on July 17, 2015. [17]

Adopt an Emoji

Emojipedia launched “Adopt an Emoji” in September 2015 according to Wired . [18] This preceded a similar program by the Unicode Consortium in December 2015. [19]

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. [20]

References

  1. Jump up^ “emojipedia.org Site Overview” . Alexa Internet . Retrieved 2017-04-03 .
  2. Jump up^ Yen, Yap (June 29, 2015). “The Definitive Guide To All Things Emoji” . Design Taxi . Retrieved 20 July 2015 .
  3. Jump up^ Griffin, Andrew (July 17, 2016). “Meet the man whose life work is cataloguing emoji” . The Independent . Retrieved 10 Oct 2016 .
  4. Jump up^ Van Luling, Todd (18 November 2014). “Why We Never Got Those 250 New Emoji We Were Promised” . The Huffington Post . Retrieved 27 May2015 .
  5. Jump up^ 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. Jump up^ Davis, Mark (3 February 2015). “More Unicode Emoji Glyph changes”(PDF) . Unicode Consortium . Retrieved 17 March 2015 .
  7. Jump up^ Shackleton, Emily (Jan 15, 2016). “8 commonly confused emoji and what they really mean” . Metro (British newspaper) . Retrieved 15 Apr 2016 .
  8. Jump up^ Ibitoye, Victoria (31 Mar 2016). “8 commonly confused emoji and what they really mean” . Hackney Gazette .
  9. Jump up^ Hamill, Jasper (June 17, 2014). “Unicode ideogram list-site Emojipedia goes titsup” . The Register . London . Retrieved 5 April 2015 .
  10. Jump up^ Seward, Zach (10 June 2015). “Say hello to Flags, the world’s emoji keyboard for iPhones” . Quartz ( New York Publication .
  11. Jump up^ Price, Rob (Jan. 17, 2016). “Interview with Jeremy Burge, founder of Emojipedia” . Business Insider . Retrieved Jan 29, 2016 .
  12. Jump up^ Baraniuk, Chris (5 August 2016). “Apple urged to rethink gun emoji change” . BBC . London.
  13. Jump up^ Quigley, Christopher (27 Mar 2017). “5 things you should know about the weird and wonderful world of Emojis” . Hackers Media .
  14. Jump up^ O’Neill Deighan, Emma (July 17, 2015). “It’s World Emoji Day, how will you celebrate?” . Belfast Live . Retrieved 21 April 2016 .
  15. Jump up^ Schupak, Amanda (July 17, 2015). “Could you use these new emoji in a sentence?” . CBS News . Retrieved 19 July 2015 .
  16. Jump up^ Varn, Kathryn (July 17, 2015). “Letting Our Emojis Get in the Way” . The New York Times . Retrieved 20 July 2015 .
  17. Jump up^ Varn, Kathryn (July 17, 2015). “Letting Our Emojis Get in the Way” . The New York Times . Retrieved 20 July 2015 .
  18. Jump up^ Gottsegen, Gordon (4 Sep 2015). “Adopting Emoji Is Like Adopting Internet Highways” . Wired (magazine) .
  19. Jump up^ McHugh, Molly (16 Dec 2015). “Why Unicode Is Putting Its Emoji Up For Adoption” . Wired (magazine) .
  20. Jump up^ Burge, Jeremy (Nov. 14, 2016). “Adopt Your Emoji At Unicode” . Emojipedia .

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