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Emoji Everywhere ๐ŸŽƒ

I am not a huge fan of “Emoji,” at least not to the extent that many of my Japanese friends are. Actually, it is not so much that I’m not a fan, but I just don’t have the capacity or inclination to become as adept in using them as many of the people I know who use them as comfortably as words. I’m not a Luddite, but I did learn to type on a typewriter, not a keyboard, let alone a touch screen on a “sumafo”!

But it is somewhat nice to know that we can now use Emoji in our WordPress posts. ๐Ÿ˜„

I doubt I will ever become as adept at using these (๐Ÿ˜”) or these (*_*) as my very capable one-thumb typist friends, but it is still good to know that they are available on my still favorite (and largely ignored) blogging platform. For those of you who take greater care to nurture your literary children, please enjoy this new-found ability!

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Emoji? What are they?

โ€œEmojiโ€ is a japanese term meaning โ€œpicture character.โ€ Itโ€™s a standard for showing smileys and other little symbols inside text. But unlike traditional smileys that are made up of a sequence of letters like :), every emoji has its own letter.

๐ŸŒท ๐ŸŒน ๐ŸŒบ ๐ŸŒป ๐ŸŒผ

Emoji blossomed on smartphones, where quickly picking out an emoji is often faster than typing out a long sentence.

Today weโ€™re rolling out hundreds and hundreds of emoji across WordPress.com โ€” 872 to be exact.

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Do they look familiar? Thatโ€™s because Twitter has graciously decided to open-source their entire set, allowing anyone to use them. Weโ€™re already busy preparing to add these to Jetpack, so WordPress.org users can join in the fun too.

Before today, emoji you inserted into your posts on the go wouldnโ€™t always show properly for all your visitors. While the nice little bunnyโ€ฆ

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