New Year, New Emoji!

Unicode 12.0 will be released!

Unicode has selected March 5 as the release date for Unicode 12.0. This is when the final emoji list for 2019 will be published (Emoji 12.0 is currently still being decided upon), alongside of course, other Unicode characters being added this year. ⬇️

In The News

Children Are Using Emoji for Digital-Age Language Learning 👶🏻

I wanted to find out not only whether kids were texting emoji but which emoji, and why? How do they organize emoji into sequences and ideas, and how do these early ramblings shift as kids learn to read?

wired.com

🍦 Poop Emoji Reborn As Soft Serve Ice Cream

Poop Emoji Ice Cream

kotaku.com

💔 How We Apologize Now

Zara Rahim, who handled publicity for Vogue before joining The Wing, a women’s co-working space, as its communications director, said that the efficacy of these statements lies not only in their speed but also their appearance. “I can just write this quick note on my Notes app, because it looks like I did it on my phone, have my publicist take a quick glance at it, if I’m smart,” she said, “and then post it directly on my Instagram.”

nytimes.com

EMOJI CONFERENCE

May of this year will usher in Emoji 2019: 2nd​ International Workshop on Emoji Understanding and Applications in Social Media. Co-located with The Web Conference 2019 (formerly WWW)

Overall 2019 is going to give us some of the new emoji we have been waiting for. We will continue to learn and expand our understanding of these little symbols.

Emoji 2019 aims to stimulate research on understanding social, cultural, communicative, and linguistic roles of emoji and developing novel approaches to analyze, interpret and understand emoji and their usage in social media applications. It provides a forum to bring together researchers and practitioners from both academia and industry in the areas of social network analysis and mining, natural language processing, computational linguistics, human-computer interaction, and computational social sciences to discuss high-quality research and emerging applications, to exchange ideas and experience, and to identify new opportunities for collaboration.

We hope to see you there!

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