2020 marks a decade for experiencing emojis, and July 17th is World Emoji Day. In 2010, Unicode made the decision to codify Emojis – giving them international scope in every coding (and linguistic) language in the world. Since then, the Emoji has become part of our global consciousness and language: allowing people to communicate in ways that transcend borders, and teaching the international community about its preferences and biases in the process.
The date of World Emoji Day was chosen because it was the day that iCal for Mac was first announced at MacWorld Expo in 2002.
World Emoji Day was created by Emojipedia founder Jeremy Burge in 2014. 📙 Emojipedia is the custodian of this global holiday.
Emojipedia serves over 25 million emoji lookups each month and they spend their time updating 📃 emoji definitions, tracking emoji 🔄 changes, and keeping the world informed about the latest emoji additions and ✅ approvals.
The first 🌎 World Emoji Day was celebrated on July 17, 2014 and the first tweet about #WorldEmojiDay was on July 11, 2014.
Prior to the existence of 🌏 World Emoji Day people would sometimes post 📲 the Calendar Emoji on July 17, too!