Emoji are cute. Emoji can be useful in appropriate communication situations because a single icon can convey, well, emotions. That saves time and effort and the proper emoji at just the right time can tell a story.
We have enough emoji. Please, Apple; no more emoji. Why?
Emoji fall into three basic categories.
First, the emoji we know and use the most; smiley face, frowning face, love face, angry face; you get the idea. Somewhere someone at Apple has a list of the most used emoji by iPhone, iPad, and Mac customers. It would be interesting to see which emoji are used the most and which are used the least.
Second, the emoji that are obvious. Sun, moon, applause, shoe, various animals, fruits and veggies, burgers and pizza; again, you get the idea.
Third, the emoji that carry no obvious meaning. I suspect these are the ones least used. Some of the people emoji carry no obvious meaning; people with hats, uniforms, cars and trucks, busses helicopters– who uses such emoji and what do the mean to those who use them, and how does that vary from the meaning recipients may attach to the emoji (often not the same).
Apple has decided that its billion or so customers need even more emoji, so macOS Catalina and iOS 13 and iPadOS will get nearly 60 new emoji later this summer. Wednesday, July 17th is World Emoji Day. Too bad. I would prefer a World Smoothie Day, or a World Take A Friend Shopping Day to more emoji.
We have enough emoji because most people don’t know or cannot easily identify emoji beyond the basics; so, why add more?
Does the world need a sloth emoji? Or, skunk, kite, or flamingo? Apple thinks so. Skydiver? Seriously?
People communicate with ever more imprecise brevity that seems only to take us back to the cave man era where grunts were the norm. If Apple and the emoji gods desire ever more emoji to be foisted upon humankind, then were is the emoji dictionary? Where is the easy way to identify each emoji before sending it? Why isn’t there an easier way to identify the sent emoji when you receive it?
Fix those and some emoji laden conversations might make sense.