A brief history of emoji

A picture is worth a thousand words

Which is why in an age where everyone is uber connected but time-poor, emjois are the perfect shorthand for expressing how we feel and what we're thinking/doing.

Whether we're flirting, hurting, sexting or bragging about our work out game, emojis make communication in the digital age a snap.

The birth of emoji

Emojis first appeared in the land of the rising sun [that's Japan for any confused millennials out there], in 1998/99. The name is derived from the Japanese, 'e' (picture) and 'moji' (character).

Back in those days, we were so busy worrying about Bill Clinton having 'not had sexual relations with that woman', that we were entirely blind to the fact that our mobiles didn't have an internet connection. *horrified gasp*

Fortunately for us, a smart dude named Shigetaka Kurita was busy working away in the background, determined to make that dream come true.

However, there was a slight problem. Phones at that time only had measly little LCD screens which fit a max of 48 characters. Appalling, right?

Naturally, with native scripts like Kanji and Hirigana, the Japanese were use to expressing concepts or words with just a symbol, so when Mr. Kurita suggested emojis be added as a functionality to phones, their use proliferated.

About 10 years later, those little smiley faces made their way overseas and the rest is history.

What's the difference between emojis and YOGOJIs?

In the 1980s a non-profit group called the Unicode Consortium was formed to standardise coding (nerd alert).

Basically, they wised up to the fact that without someone keeping track of the coding behind emojis, a love heart sent from your device, could appear on your beau's smartphone as a soft serve of smiling poo.

So, the Unicode Consortium decided that for a picture to become an emoji (and hence be included on the standard keyboard of every device), it had to be reviewed and released by them.

Thing is, people like variety...

Nowadays, everyone wants more options than the standard emojis on their keyboard.

So people like us here at YOGOJI, have spent oodles of time and plenty of doll-hairs, creating emoji-style images you can use in text and email, simply by installing a new keyboard. Hooray (for us)!

Now, we should point out, that an image isn't technically an emoji in the strictest sense of the word, unless it's standardised by Unicode.

But with so many brands releasing their own emoji style keyboards (even Kim Kardashian has jumped on the bandwagon), the Unicode Consortium doesn't have enough hours in the day to review and standardise them all.

Fortunately, they don't have to.

Here's how YOGOJI works...

Ok, let's say you've installed the YOGOJI keyboard and you want to text your friend  (yoga speak for “I'm skipping yoga today in favour of a lie in.”) Hey, we don't judge!

Simply untangle one arm from under the covers and tap the globe icon on your phone, then select the YOGOJI keyboard.

Tap and hold the image you want (this copies it), then tap and paste in the text field. Bingo bango, you're in business baby! Yoga. Class. Averted.

If you're leading a class, or want to notate a sequence of poses for your home practice, YOGOJI has a built-in Sequencing Notepad.

On this notepad you simply tap the icon you want and it appears automatically in a horizontal sequence - no copying or pasting required.

You can download YOGOJI in the coming weeks.

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