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All-emoji chat apps are here to test your powers of nonverbal expression.
If someone adds a happy face to the end of a text message, you know what it connotes. But what about messages without any text, only little yellow faces? Can people really communicate exclusively in emoji?
We’ll find out soon. Both Emojli and Emojicate are emoji-only chat apps that are trying to turn the little smiley faces into a dedicated language.
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All-emoji chat apps are here to test your powers of nonverbal expression.

If someone adds a happy face to the end of a text message, you know what it connotes. But what about messages without any text, only little yellow faces? Can people really communicate exclusively in emoji?

We’ll find out soon. Both Emojli and Emojicate are emoji-only chat apps that are trying to turn the little smiley faces into a dedicated language.

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Instead of whining about your rotten day on Facebook, show how you’re feeling on Emoj.li with an adorable little pile of poo.
Fast Company caught up with the creators, who insist that the site is not a total joke. 

Why does the world/Internet need Emoji.li?
It doesn’t. It really doesn’t. But the Internet didn’t need Twitter either, and look where we are a few years later…

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Instead of whining about your rotten day on Facebook, show how you’re feeling on Emoj.li with an adorable little pile of poo.

Fast Company caught up with the creators, who insist that the site is not a total joke. 

Why does the world/Internet need Emoji.li?

It doesn’t. It really doesn’t. But the Internet didn’t need Twitter either, and look where we are a few years later…

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fastcodesign:

Those cute cartoon symbols on your smartphone aren’t there by design so much as because they’ve gone viral.
Earlier this month, the Unicode Consortium—a nonprofit made up of member companies including Apple, Google, IBM, Microsoft, and more—announced a new version of the Unicode Standard that would bring more than 250 new emoji to people’s devices in the near future. Included in the list of new emoji are a golfer, a racing motorcycle, a beach with an umbrella, and a derelict house building. Why were these emoji chosen, and not others?
The simple answer is: they weren’t chosen, not really. Any child at bedtime asking his or her mother “Mommy, where do emoji come from?” will no doubt go to sleep disappointed. There is no committee that decides that there needs to be a chipmunk emoji, or that an aardvark emoji would just be beyond the pale. Rather, emoji—like language itself—has a life of its own. 
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fastcodesign:

Those cute cartoon symbols on your smartphone aren’t there by design so much as because they’ve gone viral.

Earlier this month, the Unicode Consortium—a nonprofit made up of member companies including Apple, Google, IBM, Microsoft, and more—announced a new version of the Unicode Standard that would bring more than 250 new emoji to people’s devices in the near future. Included in the list of new emoji are a golfer, a racing motorcycle, a beach with an umbrella, and a derelict house building. Why were these emoji chosen, and not others?

The simple answer is: they weren’t chosen, not really. Any child at bedtime asking his or her mother “Mommy, where do emoji come from?” will no doubt go to sleep disappointed. There is no committee that decides that there needs to be a chipmunk emoji, or that an aardvark emoji would just be beyond the pale. Rather, emoji—like language itself—has a life of its own. 

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Chelsea Peretti Brings Innovation — and Mauling — With Her Comedy App 

Peretti foresees a future for the app that includes additional apps-within-the-app, as well. “Chels-emojis are in the works,” she says, excited. “I use emojis heavily in life, and I think a lot of people do. There are a number that are frustratingly absent—you know how there’s kind of a generic white man and a generic white woman? I just want to put a generic black man and a generic black woman. I want to put some similar things to what’s in the filters—like a bear, and a wolf—and I’ve noticed things that are missing from the vegetables, such as a radish.”

Also, if you haven’t heard Chelsea’s classic song, now’s the time: http://youtu.be/nyEGpFRWgmw

(photo by flickr user Zena C)