Tagged With emojis

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Once, emoji was just emoji. Now it's another way for businesses to look into our souls — er, feeds — and see if we might like to buy something. Twitter is rolling out a new feature that lets advertisers target people who have tweeted a specific emoji.

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Video: Here are picture perfect recreations of the food emojis we all love to drop in our text messages. You know the ones: the pizza slice, the taco, the foamy beer, the doughnut. Bon Appetit used a food stylist to recreate these popular emojis, and it's crazy how exacting their methods can be. To get the right look for the food, they don't actually use food stuff.

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We have no way of knowing why Facebook rejected the "Yay" button. But it's kind of funny because "Yay" is slang for cocaine! Realistically, however, the world probably won't be getting a "Yay" button because joy is confusing.

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Video: If you've seen the new additions Apple has made to its vast emoji repertoire, you may be a bit perturbed. Floating business man? Ominous hole? Boob-grab smiley face? These are just some of the strange new emojis we had our experts weigh in on.

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Something we can all agree on: emojis are endless amounts of fun. I mean, when you emoji-fy something in real life — like an eggplant, for example — the emoji suddenly carries so much more meaning than the original object ever did. It's a whole new language. Even more fun, is pairing the emoji with its real life counterpart back again, like using the emoji list as a treasure map of things that need to be found IRL.

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Eric Andrew Lewis works as a web developer at The New York Times, but in his spare time he likes to find ways to make it hard for people to get any work done on a Tuesday afternoon. That's why he created this simple online tool that turns any photo into a colourful mosaic of emojis.

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The workplace messaging platform Slack has prided itself on sassy design — a cute logo that animate into a bursts of colours as it loads, a screen that reshuffles like a deck of cards when you change teams. Fine. But now Slack is outdoing itself and emojifying the crap out of its chat interface.

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Look at the text message conversation between any two people in the 12 to late 20s age range and there's a pretty decent chance you'll get a deluge of brightly coloured cartoon icons that, just a few years ago, would have seemed entirely nonsensical. Now they can tell entire tales. Yes, Emojis have taken over, and rather than fight it, Emojify offers you just one more way to incorporate the language replacement into your life — gilding your very own photos in emoji gold.

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There's a new social crusader in town, and her name is Miley Cyrus. The "Party in the USA" singer and newly minted activist is speaking out for those who don't have a voice, because they don't even exist yet: emojis of black people.