The most popular emoji
Emoji Brief History
Emoji symbols, as we know them today, date back to late 1990s Japan. NTT DoCoMo, the predominant Japanese mobile carrier, created a set of 172 pictographic images to use with its i-mode messaging platform.
The characters became an increasingly popular way for Japanese users to text and communicate with one another.
The characters were so popular, in fact, that the other major Japanese mobile carriers, au and SoftBank Mobile, followed suit and created their own versions of emoji symbols.
The problem, however, was that none of these emoji sets worked perfectly with one another. Although Japanese phones could read emoji, the characters didn’t show up for anyone outside of Japan.
According to Apple the most popular emoji for U.S. English speakers is … 😂 The emoji is officially called “Face With Tears of Joy,” although it’s also known as the “laugh/cry” emoji, which is clearly the appropriate response to 2017.
In 2015 Oxford Dictionaries named “Face With Tears of Joy” the actual word of the year.