July 17 is celebrated as the World Emoji Day since that is the date that appears on the calendar emoji on our digital keyboards. It is said that the London-based founder of Emojipedia Jeremy Burge created this day in 2014. For the first World Emoji Day, Burge told The Independent “there were no formal plans put in place.” It is also said that on this day, netizens should use only the emojis to converse.
From WhatsApp to Instagram, from Twitter to Facebook, emojis are everywhere. They are the easiest way of expressing your emotions without using words. Over the years, emoji have become modern-day hieroglyphs that assist us in digital communication. Many new emojis have been created and are used regularly over the years. The origin of modern day emoji dates back to 1999 when Japanese coder Shigetaka Kurita invented them to enable Japanese pagers to send and receive heart emoticons. Since then, the Unicode Consortium sets the international standards for characters, including emoji, across software platforms, using its frequency as one of the factors to determine which emoji makes the cut. The red heart emoji continues to be one of the most used emoticons on the internet. It is used to express love and joy and may be present in your ‘frequently used’ emojis list as well.
According to data published by worldemojiday.com, the most used emoji on Twitter is Face With Tears of Joy. It has been used over 2,000,000,000 (two billion) times on Twitter, according to Emojitracker.