You can’t get away from the Emojis. They seem to be everywhere - from your smartphone to your social media - even on Katy Perry songs. Adding a personal touch to all your conversations, the emoji has become as big a part of our life as our wallet. So prevalent in our everyday vernacular that London duo Matt Gray and Tom Scott have decided to make the modern hieroglyphs into their own separate language, on emoj.li.
Users communicate purely via the graphic icons, with even usernames eradicating normal text as we know it. Sure, it sounds like a bit of a joke, but strangely it works: the next step in language progression. Telephone calls became texts and now texts are becoming images (and tiny, cartoonish ones at that).
But the simplicity of emoji-only messages stretches further than just its substantial list of 12×12 pixel images - it also means removes language barriers and spam. Visually based networks need no inter-country translation, and “the worst message you could possibly receive is a pile of poo”. Textual graphic’s such as the infamous :) and :D have been in use for over 30 years, but are quickly being replaced by a cuter, more colourful counterpart, due to emojis integration onto most of our technological platforms.
And Emoj.li aren’t alone in their quest to build an unconventional messaging platform. Highly criticised but still continuing to lure in the masses, “Yo” allows users to purely send each other the greeting “yo” between each other whereas React Messenger and Snapchat allow for a little more variation, with users liaising via selfies with a line of text. Whatsapp (a major emoji display) infamously sold for $19 billion recently, and even Blackberry appear to have got in on the action, their sales soaring following the addition of stickers to their chat.
So with the increasing popularity of emoji messaging services, and emoji pledges (such as for a ketchup-less hotdog to be added), it seems that nobody really has the time or attention for words anymore. Why text somebody asking if they want to go to the pub when you can just send a little beer graphic? We all know a picture’s worth a thousand words, even when it’s only 12×12 pixels. The future looks bright (smiley face yellow to be precise) for apps like Emoj.le, as we all seemingly swarm at the chance to add a mini flexed bicep to the end of our sentence.
Although still being developed, you can bagsy your purely emoji username now HERE. Hurry up to make sure you get a goodun'.
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