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Prepare Yourself: the Emoji Takeover is Coming

From Gmail to gaming – it seems like there's nothing the emoji can’t do.

The emoji: a formidable organism that originated in Japan and has developed rapidly under the watchful eye of its human creators. With social networks becoming more and more reliant on the emoji’s ability to express emotion, it goes without saying that the mighty emoji will continue to evolve at pace. 

The greater emoji can be spotted in its natural surroundings on iPhones but can also migrate to Instagram and Facebook. The lesser spotted emoji, commonly known as the hashflag, is a close relative of the emoji and can be found on Twitter. There have even been newer strains of the emoji which allow you to use them as pin codes!

But these aren't the only places you can see the common emoji at work. 

Gmail has finally released emojis of its own.

9to5google.com


There aren't just these yellow, blobby chaps to use on Gmail, there's loads!

I wrote you a message so you could get an idea of what else the Gmail pack includes:

screenshot from Gmail

But that's not all the updates at Emoji Central today. Oh no.

A game has recently been created online called Emotica

Well... I say game. 

This game features the original emojis that we recognise. You are the cat (although you can change which emoji you are) and you must navigate around this world using the arrow keys.

In a coding-esque way, you can add emojis to the world and give them properties with different effects, sound and text. My limited experience in the Emotica world has taught me many things. I've seen giant sculptures of upraised pencils, visited graveyards, played a fruit machine and even survived an alien invasion (sort of). There are so many tricks and secrets, and although it's not QUITE 'endless' fun, it's certainly a good time to be had. 

This is me as the Social Songbird following some suspicious footprints...

Now I know I'm making it seem like emojis are all fun and games, but they're not. 

These emojis are not always used for good. 

Regan Howett, a 26 year old from Brisbane, was caught selling drugs using a coded system of emojis. With the lightning bolt and heart emojis representing MDMA and ecstasy, Howett had abused the innocence of our favourite emojis.

So go forth and enjoy the emoji for what it has to offer, but don't pervert it for your own benefit, you never know how far these emojis will grow and one day they might just take over completely. 



Megan Herdson
Megan is a country girl who moved to the city with some big dreams. She is studying her MA in Creative Writing whilst also managing an American Football Team.  She loves her blog and wants nothing more than to have her words read. That and to win the Championship, obviously. Follow her @MeganAtSMF

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Prepare Yourself: the Emoji Takeover is Coming Reviewed by Megan Herdson on Thursday, July 02, 2015 Rating: 5

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