For the past three years, July 17 has been celebrated as World Emoji Day. The event was created by Jeremy Burge, founder of Emojipedia, to celebrate the colorful smilies
Emoji in the last five years have completely changed the way we communicate, making it more direct and faster. A sad face or a smiling one immediately gives the idea of one's mood and needs no explanation. And the World Emoji Day was created for this very reason, to celebrate the importance that smilies are playing in our lives.
It has been three years now that on July 17 we celebrate the World Emoji Day. The initiative was launched by Jeremy Burge, creator of the portal Emojipedia, one of the websites of reference for the sector. The choice of July 17 is not trivial, but is borrowed from the emoji that represents the Calendar on iOS, Apple's mobile operating system. The iOS Calendar icon has been approved as a Calendar Emoji since 2010, so the choice of July 17 to celebrate World Emoji Day was almost natural.
What is World Emoji Day and what is the purpose
World Emoji Day is a day to celebrate the importance that smilies have taken on in people's lives. The purpose of the event is to share with millions of other people the joy of expressing their feelings with a simple emoji. For the occasion, a hashtag has also been created that can be used on the main social platforms #WorldEmojiDay (followed logically by a smiley face).
Emoji Day events
The first global day dedicated to emoji was organized in 2014 and over the years many companies have used July 17 to create initiatives and engage users. Although Jeremy Burge never wanted any brand to appropriate World Emoji Day, there are plenty of companies on Twitter sponsoring the event and creating ad hoc content.
The difference between emoji and emoticon
Although they may seem like two synonyms, emoji and emoticon do not represent the same thing. The emoticon is the graphic sign, for example .., while the emoji is the graphic evolution in the form of a colored face that we use on social networks or instant messaging applications to talk to our friends. Emoji have become so important to our lives, that they represent the most spoken language in the world: there are over two billion people who use smilies to communicate. An emoji is much easier to understand and allows those who don't speak the same language to understand each other.