Yes, a picture is worth a thousand words and the use of fun emoji characters in SMS text messages on your smartphone and chatting apps like Skype and Facebook can help you express yourself quickly and easily.
What is an Emoji?
Emoji is a Japanese word simply meaning picture (e) + character (moji). The electronic characters, such as smiley faces, originated in Japan but are now available more widely on most of the popular smartphone and computing platforms.
Because they’re available in what’s called ‘Unicode’ they’re universal on multiple platforms, although they may look a little different depending on the device you’re using (i.e. iPhone or Android).
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How to Use Emoji?
When you’re typing out a message you’ll see a smiley face icon on your keyboard. Tapping or clicking this will bring up a selection of emoji for you to choose from usually divided into a number of categories.
When to Use an Emoji
Emoji can be used to convey emotions, such as happy, sad, scared, angry and so on. They can also be used to substitute for words, making text messages more interesting and colourful. Experienced users can even draw entire messages with emoji.
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Types of Emoji
In most instances, emoji are split into five categories; there are people emoji, nature emoji, objects emoji, places emoji and symbols emoji.
You’ll usually be able to cycle through these using your phone. If there’s a symbol you’re looking for, but you can’t find you can type a word like ‘beer’ in the search box in order to find that emoji.
People Emoji: Smiley Faces
These are naturally the most common emoji used due to the array of emotions they can convey and the amount of words they can replace and sheer number of items there are to choose from. Some of the most common in this category are: