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Embracing emojis: why they become so popular

Emojis are sensationally possible and continue to enter into the stream of American pop culture. But where did they come from? And why are they so popular?
Herb Scribner, Deseret News Modified: July 7, 2014 at 4:10 pm •  Published: July 8, 2014

You get a text message. No words. Staring back at you is a small American flag, a red balloon and a cheeseburger.

You just got hit with emojis.

Forget text. These visual representations of emotions are beginning to take hold of America, first in Asia and now in our app stores, according to Parmy Olson of, where a new all-emoji app is on the way.

But where do they come from?

That's what Fast Company Design’s John Brownlee asked in an article this week on the origins of emojis. They’re actually brought to you by the Unicode Consortium, a nonprofit organization of technology companies that create the standards for modern software and cellular products, Fast Company wrote.

But it was only recently that Unicode included emojis into its repertoire. Emojis have been around for many years. They were actually a part of Japanese culture “when they debuted as a cute software feature on local phones. Pretty soon, millions of Japanese phones across multiple carriers came with huge emoji libraries pre-installed,” Brownlee wrote.

It was only in 2010 that emojis became a part of the Unicode Standard with version 6.0 and started popping up more regularly in America, Brownlee wrote. Since then, the images have gone viral and have in many ways replaced traditional text messages.

And new ones are on their way with the 250 set to hit phones this month. People all over are advocating for the creation of new types of emojis, too. Creating one, and getting it popular, is actually a relatively simple process, Browlee wrote.

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