World Emoji Day 2017: Turn that frown upside down

2017-07-17 14:52 - Unathi Nkanjeni
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Cape Town - It is World Emoji Day (WED) on 17 July and there is no better way to enjoy this new method of expression than to join the world in this annual celebration.

So if you are a fan of the classic winking face, or you use the upside down face when delivering a sarcastic punchline ... or even the aubergine one, then this day is for you.

Although it isn't officially recognised as a holiday, we can not deny that fact that since the inception of emojis, we've grown to love them and quite frankly this 21st century method of expression has taken over when it comes to expressing ourselves via text messages - especially allowing less explanation.

According to American basic cable, CNBC, the tradition of this day was originally created in 2014 by the London-based founder of Emojipedia, Jeremy Burge "based on the way the calendar emoji is shown on iPhones".

Rise of the emoji

Considering that emojis haven’t really been around for very long, this method of expression has become so popular among the digital era we live in that emojis are now part of the changing face of travel searches. 

Sooner than later, gone will be the days of typing when wanting to book your flights, as using the emoticon to search for flights will be the "it" thing. 

SEE: The changing face of travel searches: Does SA deserve a braai emoji?

As if that wasn't enough, now there is even a movie about them - The Emoji Movie - true story, no lies. 

In celebration of emojis, Facebook has also released data about the most widely used emoji on Facebook and its instant messaging app Facebook Messenger.