July 17: #WorldEmojiDay
Updated: Jul 20, 2020
July 17 is World Emoji Day.
The holiday was created in 2014 by Jeremy Burge, founder of Emojipedia, a website that documents the meaning and use of emojis.
On its Facebook page, Emojipedia announced the results of the 2020 World Emoji Awards.
"White Heart is the most popular new emoji, of those added in 2019 and on phones now!" Emojipedia said.
On his blog, Burge said, "World Emoji Day was something I created a year into starting Emojipedia. At the time it felt like every idea had some form of online tribute to it, and so it seemed unfair that emojis shouldn't also have their own day."
"Partly launched as a bit of fun, I also figured it was inevitable that someone would create an emoji day, and if that's the case, then Emojipedia seems well placed to host the day," said Burge.
Aside from being Emojipedia's "Chief Emoji Officer" (CEO), Burge also represents Emojipedia at Unicode Technical Committee meetings.
The Unicode Standard, maintained by the Unicode Consortium, "provides the basis for processing, storage and interchange of text data in any language in all modern software and information technology protocols," Unicode said on its website.
According to an article on CNBC, "Emojis, those digital images people send each other by text and social media, reflect the changing nature of communication, both for individuals and for businesses. Think about it: We went from the phone to email. Then from email to text messages. Now, we’re going from actual language just to pictures."