July 17 celebrated as World Emoji Day

July 17 is unofficially celebrated since 2014 as World Emoji Day. The day is deemed a “global celebration of emoji and is celebrated with emoji events and product releases.

Emoji, a Japanese expression, roughly means “picture word” and was developed in 1990 by Shigetaka Kurita. While working for NTT Docomo, a Japanese telecom company, Kurita design these picture words as a feature on their pagers to make them more appealing to teens.

A number of emojis are being developed every year, and keeps track of all the emoji updates across all platforms. There are over 1800 emojis covering much more than just emotions.

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