From The Stone Age To The Smartphone: How Smiley Became The Most Famous Face In The World

Nicolas Loufrani | Posted 18.05.2017 | UK Tech
Nicolas Loufrani

There is no room for misinterpretation, no matter what the country or culture: it is its own language that has the power to bring people together, something it has done for generations past, and something it will continue to do as we move into the next phase of Smiley.

What's Wrong With The New Breastfeeding Emoji?

Jay McCarthy | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK Parents
Jay McCarthy

Don't get me wrong, I and millions of other women will be happy to have one breastfeeding emoji at least. Big thanks to Rachel Lee and Joshua Jones - the design may not be perfect but we owe them our gratitude for getting this far.

Does Your Brand Speak Emoji?

Jon Buss | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK Tech
Jon Buss

Can a little yellow face with tears of mirth rolling down its cheeks really be considered not just a word, but the word that best summarises communication in the year 2015?

A Massive Campaign Wants To Give Redheads Their Own Emoji

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 04.06.2015 | UK Tech

A massive change.org campaign that's asking for ginger emoticons to be added to smartphones has now surpassed 10,000 signatures. The campaign was s...

Incredible Celeb Portraits Made Entirely From... Emojis

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK Tech

Rapper and artist Yung Jake is painting amazing pictures of famous people using nothing but Emojis. If you've ever used an Emoji keyboard (or been ...

Emojis Set To Become Less Racist

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 05.11.2014 | UK Tech

Emojis are set to become far more diverse after the organisation which publishes guidelines on their use has released an updated set of rules which hu...

This Smiley Is From 1648. Kind Of...

Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Tech

In 2009 a transcript of Abraham Lincoln provided the world's oldest example of a smiley - 1862. That record appears to have been blown completely o...

Why I'm Giving Up Emoticons for New Year

Sal Thomas | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK Comedy
Sal Thomas

I think I hate net speak. Text emoticons. Reductionist acronyms. Lazy abbreviations. Smiley faces. I want to kill them all. Or should that be slash slash backslash them right up their colons?

Text Slang: The Next Generation

Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.09.2013 | UK Tech

Once upon a time, at the dawn of text messaging, a simple C U L8R was the height of slang sophistication. Today, with texting the most popular way ...

Emoticons Are Older Than You Think

Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.07.2013 | UK Tech

The emoticon - created by the modern world to express and add emotion to the sanitised language of digital communication, right? No actually. Th...

Emoticon Yourself

Jade Conroy | Posted 08.04.2012 | UK Tech
Jade Conroy

The emoticon got cool again. The simple and cheeky communicative zeitgeist that is the smiley face of the 21st century is no longer confined to the realm of teenage girls (perhaps because social media is no longer confined to the realm of teenagers).

The Meaning of Your Emoticons on Twitter

Alex Davies | Posted 14.12.2011 | UK Tech
Alex Davies

While you probably have a good idea about the meaning of the basic happy and sad emoticons, :) and :(, what do people mean when they use others such as :/, <3 or ^_^? It's likely you have a vague idea of what feeling they represent, but can you really be sure?