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The tech giants like Apple, Facebook, Twitter celebrated World Emoji Day on Tuesday with declaring most used and popular emojis, the proclamation of new ones, admitting how emojis make conversations effortless and communicative irrespective of words, among others.
Apple proclaimed over 70 new emoji characters with hair color variations, gender-neutral characters, mythical creatures and much that would reach the users as part of a free update that Apple would convey to iOS 12 later this year, the iPhone maker wrote in a blog post.
Facebook and Messenger shared statistics and disclosed that the "heart" emoji is one of the most used expressions on the platforms. "There are more than 2,800 emojis and almost all of them (2,300) are used each and every day on Facebook," the company said in a statement. On Messenger, over 900 million emojis are sent regularly without text. Users post over 700 million emojis on Facebook every day.
The social networking giant likewise announced that new emojis, including a camera frame and a themed text feature, would shortly be part of Facebook and Messenger.
From being used only for creative expression by the millennials to being Oxford dictionary's "Word of the year 2015," emojis are present as well being embraced by brands across the world.
Microblogging site Twitter besides released a list of the top ten emojis used on its platform that included the "heart, fire, thumbs up and heart eyes" smileys.
"Keeping in mind the popularity of emojis, Twitter has been actively introducing a variety of culture, entertainment, sports and news related emojis that range from iconic symbols to historic signs and motifs of festivals," Twitter said.
United States-based internet domain registrar GoDaddy claimed to have seen a growth in visual pun emoji domains and major brands using emoji domains for their web pages.
"Today, emojis have become an essential part of the online vocabulary. Driven by the rise of mobile internet usage in India, consumers are integrating emojis into their conversations with each other as well as with brands," said Nikhil Arora, Managing Director and VP, GoDaddy India.
By Sowmya Sangam