Jenna Wortham, fan of our Emoji issue and the technology reporter for the NY Times, just wrote “Online Emotions, in Hundreds of New Flavors” about emoji. While this may be considered old news, Wortham specifically points out the new sticker fad in apps; an expert says it may be too late for them to catch on.
Stickers or no, we still don’t want to live a life without emoji.

Jenna Wortham, fan of our Emoji issue and the technology reporter for the NY Times, just wrote “Online Emotions, in Hundreds of New Flavors” about emoji. While this may be considered old news, Wortham specifically points out the new sticker fad in apps; an expert says it may be too late for them to catch on.

Stickers or no, we still don’t want to live a life without emoji.

Brief history of the smiley EXISTS! But it’s not that good, so we still need your help writing a better one.

The smiley turned thirty years old last year, and, to celebrate, someone wrote up a brief history of the smiley and how it evolved into emoticons and then emoji. Unfortunately, the history is not that entertaining, and the slideshow used to present it is burdensome.

Can you do better? Can you fill in some of the gaps? We’d love to have more background on the evolution of these symbols, but no one has pitched it yet! Email womansinc at gmail, and let’s talk.

(◦ˇ _̆ ˇ◦) Top 50 Emoticons Duncan Saved on His Computer to Use Later

(from The Fader’s 2012 Listmania

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(◦ˇ _̆ ˇ◦)

(◞≼◉ื≽◟◞౪◟,◞≼◉ื≽◟)

(-̀◞८̯◟-́)

(┏ `● .̫ ●)┏

(°﹏。υ)

(✖╭╮✖)

(⁰︻⁰)

(ʘʖ̮ʘ)

(ノಠ益ಠ)ノ彡┻━┻

(ಠ .̫.̫ ಠ)

∙̆.̯∙̆

⊙▃⊙

\( ´◔‿ゝ◔‘)/

( ˘ ³˘)♡

( ΄◞ิ .̫.̫ ◟ิ‵)

( ‾ʖ̫‾)

┏( ゜)ਊ゜)┛

v(;´༎ຶД༎ຶ`)v

˘.̮˘

( ´_ゝ`)

ಥ_ಥ

・ิ ȷ̫ ・

(︶.̮︶✽)

(。・ˇ⊆ˇ・。)

(´≖ ‸ ≖`)

(´ु・̥c_・̥`ू)

(˘̩̩̩^˘̩̩̩)

(ↂↄ̫ↂ)

( ´◔ ۝ゝ◔`)

=͟͟͞͞((☞ ՞ਊ ՞)☞

☚(꒪ټ꒪☚)

⑇⑇(ړײ)⑇⑇

ꈍ ◡ ꈍ ℒ ͦ ͮ ͤ ♡

ʕ ·(エ)· ʔ

¯\(°_o)/¯

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ꈍ .̮ ꈍ

੯ू•́ू ໒꒱⁼³₌₃

ヽ(*・ω・)ノ

_(┐「ε:)_♡

…(•̩̩̩̩_•̩̩̩̩)

一二三☞ ´◔‿ゝ◔ `)☞

( う-´)づ︻╦̵̵̿╤── \(˚☐˚”)/

( ఠൠఠ )

◔_◔

(。・ˇ⊆ˇ・。)

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♫꒰・◡・๑꒱

We hereby officially announce the theme of the next Womanzine issue: E M O J I. 
Still or animated, holiday-themed or heteronormative, emoji are everywhere. So we’re inviting YOU to submit something emoji-related for our next issue by January 10, 2013 (we’re launching this issue on/around Valentine’s Day, if that makes any sort of difference to you).

Questions we’d like to have answered:

When did we start calling them “emoji” and stop calling them “emoticons”?
Is “emoji” Japanese?
Are most emoji developed in Japan?
Are Japanese people able to communicate only using emoji?
Do you know an emoji developer?
Can you make your own emoji?
If so, can you put it on your phone and send it to people?
What are the socio-cultural implications of the iPhone emoji set?
Why does the “extra” emoji set in Gmail have a host of emotions for a white face, but not a brown one?
Can you write a recipe using emoji?
Where can we make emoji of our faces so that we can text them to friends?
Why do teens always have emoji in their Twitter handles?
Have you hacked your Android so you can text with iPhone emoji? 
Womanzine accepts basically all forms of media and encourages weird/complex things, but also loves a good knock-knock joke. For example, we love:


poems / recollections / musings
DIY / craft shit / collages / illustrations / photographs
book reviews (??? is there a book about emoji???)
videos / gifs / screen grabs with stories
songs / mix tapes (ahem, mp3s or spotify or soundcloud etc.)
etc.

Email us here to submit or to ask questions about a submission. Check out past issues for inspiration. 

We hereby officially announce the theme of the next Womanzine issue:
E M O J I

Still or animated, holiday-themed or heteronormative, emoji are everywhere. So we’re inviting YOU to submit something emoji-related for our next issue by January 10, 2013 (we’re launching this issue on/around Valentine’s Day, if that makes any sort of difference to you).
Questions we’d like to have answered:
  • When did we start calling them “emoji” and stop calling them “emoticons”?
  • Is “emoji” Japanese?
  • Are most emoji developed in Japan?
  • Are Japanese people able to communicate only using emoji?
  • Do you know an emoji developer?
  • Can you make your own emoji?
  • If so, can you put it on your phone and send it to people?
  • What are the socio-cultural implications of the iPhone emoji set?
  • Why does the “extra” emoji set in Gmail have a host of emotions for a white face, but not a brown one?
  • Can you write a recipe using emoji?
  • Where can we make emoji of our faces so that we can text them to friends?
  • Why do teens always have emoji in their Twitter handles?
  • Have you hacked your Android so you can text with iPhone emoji? 
Womanzine accepts basically all forms of media and encourages weird/complex things, but also loves a good knock-knock joke. For example, we love:
  • poems / recollections / musings
  • DIY / craft shit / collages / illustrations / photographs
  • book reviews (??? is there a book about emoji???)
  • videos / gifs / screen grabs with stories
  • songs / mix tapes (ahem, mp3s or spotify or soundcloud etc.)
  • etc.
Email us here to submit or to ask questions about a submission. Check out past issues for inspiration.