Almost every fifth tweets now contains an emoji, according to Emojipedia about every sixth tweets at the same time last year. Symbols like the face with a medical mask, the microbe and a bar of soap also have transferred
in messages specifically related to the corona virus. The use of ✈️ emoji and ⚾ is declining as people stay more in their homes.
There was an even bigger increase on other platforms. Google (TogetL)
CNN Business said emoji usage in its Gboard keyboard app for Android increased more than 60% between January and March. (Apple (AAPL)
did not respond to a request for comment on recent emoji usage on iOS.)
However, some things have not changed. Emojipedia found the most popular emoji face remains the tears of joy that was named as Word of the year
in 2015 from the Oxford Dictionary. Although the company cannot track private communications such as For example, in text messages or chat apps like WhatsApp, Jeremy Burge, Chief Emoji Officer at Emojipedia (yes, that’s a real position) said that the correlation is usually pretty similar.
The changing popularity of different emoji underlines what concerns us during the Covid 19 pandemic: less focus on trips to exotic destinations than visiting the local grocery store, dealing with all things medical, and perhaps the ability to tear tears of joy during a time of such a loss . At the same time, our use can highlight the lack of pandemic-specific emoji that are currently available to users.
Last month, the Unicode consortium – the nonprofit that oversees emoji standards and is responsible for new releases – announced that it was pushing back the release of the emoji series next year due to the pandemic and potentially restricting a new emoji crop This could help people portray the reality of life in a health crisis. (A collection of emoji is still on the way to release in the second quarter of this year, including a People hug each other
Emoji showing two characters hugging – a decision made before social distancing became a lifestyle.)
At least one company, Facebook, has decided to publish its own unofficial emoji to do justice to the moment. A Facebook spokesman called
His new “care emoji” with a smiling face that holds a heart, “a way for people to share their support in this unprecedented time.”
In the absence of other new coronavirus emoji, some have become creative in how they shared existing emoji during the pandemic. In Spain, for example, the pairing of the microbe emoji with the crown emoji – “crown” means “la corona” in the Spanish language – has become more important. Some people even named it Spotify playlists
and YouTube videos after the combination.
Others are turning to options like the folded-hand emoji that first appeared on smartphones in the United States in 2012. Long before the pandemic, it was used to represent many things, from a high five and a namaste symbol to a sign of gratitude or prayer. Kim Kardashian used it in a tweet
after landing on Vogue’s cover in 2014 and the NBA’s Phoenix Suns account celebrated
“National High Five Day” with his help last year.
An early version of the emoji with hands clasped on Apple’s iOS platform included a light that came from the fingers, meaning either two hands clapping to celebrate, or a halo-like symbol of prayer. On Android, a figure was once seen in a pose that is usually associated with Western Christian prayer.
Angela Guzman, a former Apple intern who was one of the first emoji designers for iOS, said the best approach to emoji design is to create visual icons with versatility to engage with people and the time in who they live to develop.
“A word we used five years ago could mean something different today – the same goes for emojis,” said Guzman, who is now leading the startup for digital coaching Tijiko
. “For this reason, when designing an emoji, current trends can play a role in its creation. However, she added that it is important” not to add too many embellishments that are not permanent with the test of time “.
The Unicode consortium did not respond to a request for comment on whether it could add Covid-19-specific emoji to a future lineup. But Burge of Emojipedia said it was an unlikely move, which reflected Guzman’s argument.
“Unicode looks for emoji to have a lasting impact,” he said. “Guidelines suggest that temporary trends or fashions should be overlooked. Any new emoji that can show lasting interest over a long period of time are more likely to be approved.”
In any case, we will almost certainly rely on emoji like 🙏 to describe how we feel for the duration of the pandemic.