Today is the fifth World Emoji Day – a day to celebrate the tiny images on our phones that have transformed the way people chat online. Here are some things you need to know about those funny little pictures 👇:

Emojis, like cell phone usage, is a part of daily life for Millennials, at the very least.

July 17 marks World Emoji Day, a worldwide celebration of all things having to do with emojis.

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To celebrate World Emoji Day, more than 70 new characters are coming to the emoji palette. The new emojis are intended to better represent the vast demographic of users, including all different hair types and skin tones, as well as more expressive faces.There will be a cold face, a party face, a pleading face and a face with hearts.

In the furry friends section, we will have a kangaroo, peacock, parrot and lobster joining the fray.

In the food department, you can expect to see emojis for mango, lettuce, cupcakes and mooncakes, among plenty others.

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When is World Emoji Day?

World Emoji Day falls on July 17.

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This date was chosen as July 17 is displayed on the calendar emoji.There are plenty of ways to celebrate your favourite emojis, from those you use every day to others you may not have been noticed before.

You can vote for your favourite emoji in categories including Best New Emoji, Most Anticipated Emoji, Excellence in Emoji Use and which emoji best represents 2018 as Emoji of the Year.

Hurry, voting closes at 7pm BST today, and the winners will be announced at 8.20pm BST.

Why today?

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The date was fixed on 17 July because if you peek at the emojis on your Apple or Android phone, you’ll see that is the date on display on the calendar emoji (📅). The origin of that date is that Apple first used it in its symbol to commemorate the date the Mac’s iCal feature was first announced.

History

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Emojis have been around since 1999

Invented by Shigetaka Kurita, the ability to send a heart symbol on early Japanese pagers is the source of all emojis. Kurita drew inspiration from marks used in weather forecasts and from kanji characters to design a set of 176 symbols that covered a range of human emotions and activities that could be used on phones in 1999. The rest is history.

“At first we were just designing for the Japanese market,” says Kurita. “I didn’t assume that emoji would spread and become so popular internationally. I’m surprised at how widespread they have become. Then again, they are universal, so they are useful communication tools that transcend language.”

New emojis coming soon

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Apple unveiled Monday that 70 new emojis are on the way in an upcoming software update. Some of these new emojis include more hair options, an emoji for bald people, and new smiley faces.

Newly designed animal emojis are also coming, including the kangaroo, peacock, parrot and lobster. New food emojis for mangos, lettuce, cupcakes and other foods will also be made available.

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Along with all that, more emojis for sports, symbols and more will be available when the new emojis are released later this year. When exactly will these new emojis be released? That is still to be determined.

Emoji statistics

According to WorldEmojiDay.com, here are some of the best statistics available on emojis:

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  • People are using the red heart emoji twice as much as last year on Facebook.
  • The most used emoji on Twitter is the “Face with Tears of Joy” emoji. It was also the No. 1 emoji used on iOS.
  • By the middle of 2015, half of all comments on Instagram included an emoji.
  • More than 700 million emojis are used in Facebook posts every day.
  • New Year’s Eve is the day the most emojis are sent on Facebook Messenger.

How to celebrate

By using emojis all day long, of course!

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Besides that, here are a few ways WorldEmojiDay.com say you can celebrate:

  • Hold an emoji party by inviting friends and dress up as your favorite emoji, and maybe even bake an emoji cake.
  • Keep it emoji-only: The website suggests you use emojis all day long to communicate. Text grandma with all emojis. Apologize over text with all emojis. Email from your boss? Maybe not best to email back with all emojis, but throw a few in there anyways!

What is your favorite emoji? You can have your voice heard by voting in the 2018 World Emoji Awards. Categories include Best New Emoji, Most Anticipated Emoji and Emoji of the Year. Voting closes at 2 p.m. and winners are announced at 3:20 p.m.

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The brains behind emojis are urging everyone to light up Twitter by tweeting in emoji only all day today.

In a statement, they said: “Let’s see Twitter alive with more emojis than it has ever seen. Include the #WorldEmojiDay hashtag in your tweet, so everyone else can follow along too.”

Emoji-fanatics are celebrating by hosting parties where everyone dresses up as their favourite emoji, and there are plenty of options to choose from.

And if you’re wondering if any of your favourite celebs share their birthday with World Emoji Day, you’d be right: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, David Hasselhoff, Donald Sutherland and Will Ferrel are all celebrating today.

Happy World Emoji Day 2018, History, When, Why, How to celebrate, facts, new emojis coming soon

Happy World Emoji Day 2018!

And make sure to use #WorldEmojiDay on all social media platforms.

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