Twitter Emojis Are Now Open Source

Twitter Emojis Are Now Open Source

If a picture is worth a thousand words, what about an emoji? The official stance: Free. Twitter has announced that after a project to make their emojis more readable on the web, it’s now making them completely open source — which means you can expect to see them in all the varied nooks and crannies of this here internet.

Earlier this year, we collaborated with our friends at @Iconfactory on a set of 872 beautiful emojis so Tweets containing emoji characters would look as sharp on the web as they do in mobile apps. Now we’re pleased to announce that these emoji are available as an open source library to the developer community at large.

Twitter hopes that the move will result in more widespread use of emojis, and to further boost things along, they’ve been working with Automattic to enable emojis in WordPress posts from today onwards.

What will hopefully be a fun, easy tool for developers will also be a step towards making Twitter the language of the internet. We’ll think of Twitter when we see Twitter artifacts across web apps and sites, and maybe even feel more comfortable using our precious tweet space on cartoonish pizza slices and sushi rolls.

The Twemoji project comes with a library of 872 emoji, ready to go. If you’re interested in more details, you can read the documentation here.

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