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These Planned New Emoji Were Designed to Empower Women These Planned New Emoji Were Designed to Empower Women

A team from Google has proposed a new set of emoji to represent occupations. But for a change they depict women as well as men—an idea that the team thinks will better reflect, you know, real life.

Facebook Bans Feeling Fat Facebook Bans Feeling Fat

Had an extra helping at dinner? Downed a pint of ice cream for desert? Inhaled entire sticks of butter to fill the emptiness inside? You probably want a little sympathy for the fact that you now feel like shit. For the love of god, pull yourself together. Facebook doesn't want to hear it.

Tell Us About Your Cross-Platform Emoji Miscommunication Tell Us About Your Cross-Platform Emoji Miscommunication

Half the time I send an emoticon I have no idea what the person on the other end is actually seeing. Which may seem pretty trivial, but is not entirely trivial! A lot of care goes into crafting a chat or text so as to relay tone and intention without body language. The emoji is real. And out of control.

The Silk Road Trial Lawyers Are Fighting Over Emoticons :0 The Silk Road Trial Lawyers Are Fighting Over Emoticons :0

Is there a difference between "Yep" and "Yep :)" when you chat online? Seems like an odd quibble to focus on during the biggest drug trial of the decade, but it's not trivial. The meaning of internet-speak cuts to the heart of the Silk Road trial.

An Argument for More Biologically Accurate Emoji An Argument for More Biologically Accurate Emoji

Over at Beatrice the Biologist, cartoonist-cum-science blogger Katie McKissick has thrown down the gauntlet to "I <3 You." Because science.

Was This the World's First Emoticon? Was This the World's First Emoticon?

The emoticon might be older than we thought. This passage of text, which includes a cheeky smiley, is taken from Robert Herrick's 1648 poem To Fortune—and it might be the first ever use of an emoticon.

Is This Smiley Face From 1648 The Very First Emoticon? Is This Smiley Face From 1648 The Very First Emoticon?

Depending on who you're talking to, emoticons have been adding drama to our typefaces since 1982, possibly even as early as the late 1960s. But was the emoticon actually invented 300 years earlier by an English poet?

These Smiley Face Screws Are Wildly Impractical But Utterly Adorable These Smiley Face Screws Are Wildly Impractical But Utterly Adorable

If ever there was a product designed to bring joy but ultimately destined to frustrate, it is these smiley face screws. They look beautiful, adorable, fun even. But you will shout and swear and stamp your feet every time you need to tighten them up.

Emoticons Are Reshaping Our Brains, We Now Process :-) As A Human Face Emoticons Are Reshaping Our Brains, We Now Process :-) As A Human Face

When we first broached the Great Smiley Debate a few weeks ago, the question was whether or not a dash-as-nose was appropriate, necessary, or a bastardization of the simple purity of two dots paired with a gentle curve. But a new, equally contentious controversy emerged in the Kinja discussion: Should the parenthesis…

Should Smilies Have Noses: The Great Emoticon Debate Should Smilies Have Noses: The Great Emoticon Debate

Recently, the dating website Zoosk conducted a study of 4,000 singles to see which online dating habits were the most conducive to finding yourself your very own sex friend. One of the most peculiar bits of info gleaned from the study, though, is that fact that profiles that used the emoticon ":-)" racked up a 13…

Replacing the Faces of Iconic Celebrities with Emoticons Is Stupid Fun Replacing the Faces of Iconic Celebrities with Emoticons Is Stupid Fun

Emoticons are inherently silly. They're text based facial expressions that don't always make sense. Anytime a $ or # gets inserted to an emoticon, no one has any idea what the hell is going on anymore. But! When emoticons capture a feeling perfectly, they're beyond brilliant. A string of words can't even express life…

The First Emoticons Were Used in 1881 The First Emoticons Were Used in 1881

=) -_- T_T =P ;) Oh, the emoticon. Depending on who you're talking to (or I guess texting to? messaging to?) at the moment, emoticons can be as common as some words. When did they first start showing up? Did people write letters with smileys and frowny faces? Were typewriters used to express emotion through symbols?…

Are Sane Adults Allowed to Ever Use ;) ? Are Sane Adults Allowed to Ever Use ;) ?

You probably haven't regularly used smileys since your middle school days, when modems screeched and President Clinton rained ordnance against Bosnian war criminals. You've grown up since then, but the ;) has remained inert, a relic of type. In our new modern age, is it ever okay to drop a smiley?

What's Your Least Favorite Emoji? What's Your Least Favorite Emoji?

Earlier today we asked you, faithful Twitter followers, which emojis you most despised. Results varied widely.

Charles Darwin Is Helping Facebook Reinvent the Emoticon Charles Darwin Is Helping Facebook Reinvent the Emoticon

Emoticons have wholly integrated into modern language. Tweens communicate in nothing but nonsensical strings of emojis, and artists use them to create entire tales. But even with widespread use, emoticons' emotions have remained relatively 1-dimensional since their inception.

You Can Use Emoticons In Facebook Comments Now T_T You Can Use Emoticons In Facebook Comments Now T_T

Oh noes. Facebook has activated emoticons in the comments. That means that now your Facebook page will get full of all kinds of smileys. And, for some reason, sharks.

Here's What Emoticons Look Like In Real Life Here's What Emoticons Look Like In Real Life

Okay, we don't have to pretend here. This is a safe space, right? So I can admit that I have no idea what some emoticons mean without getting ridiculed? Admit it, you guys don't know them all either! Or do you? Whatever. If you don't know what some emoticons literally translate to in real life facial expressions,…

Do You (y) Facebook's New Like-Button Emoticon? Do You (y) Facebook's New Like-Button Emoticon?

Facebook has added probably the facebookiest emoticon imaginable to its chat service menu. Yup, a twee, tiny Like button can now be inserted into conversations by typing (y).

CRISIS AVERTED: Japan Standardizes Its Emoji CRISIS AVERTED: Japan Standardizes Its Emoji

There's been a storm brewing in Japan—emoji, the ubiquitous text-based faces that dominate Japanese mobile communications, have been getting mistranslated between carriers. You send a picture of a bull, they get a picture of a cow, AND PEOPLE START DYING.

Horrible, Joyless Patent Trolls Are Suing Samsung and RIM Over Emoticons (o_O) Horrible, Joyless Patent Trolls Are Suing Samsung and RIM Over Emoticons (o_O)

I bet when you're texting with friends you like to drop a :-) or maybe a ;-). If you're really up on your game, it's possible you toss in a (^_^). And because RIM and Samsung decided to include a quick-access key for these wonderful digital creations on their smartphones, some soulless patent trolls got all >:-O about…

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