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There’s no need to use words to describe how you’re feeling today, as #WorldEmojiDay is here to let the tiny pictures do the talking.
At the Technical.ly newsroom, the occasion has us thinking about how each of the local communities we cover are represented. And we’re not the only ones. The Baltimore community has plenty to share about emoji today, including fun facts.
We use emojis everyday, so why not celebrate them? #WorldEmojiDay is a global celebration that recognizes all of the emojis we love, promoting their use and the enjoyment they bring us all! Did you know that the most popular emoji is 😂? #buildingexceptional 🔨👍🙌🎉🏗️🚧👷📅 pic.twitter.com/wvlJ7ySBO4
— Harkins Builders (@HarkinsBuilders) July 17, 2019
For Baltimore, the emoji keyboard itself has an often-picked favorite with the crab emoji. Its addition by Unicode Consortium was welcomed especially around these parts in 2015.
As The Baltimore Sun reported earlier this year, a flamingo (like the plastic version on Hampden lawns) and an oyster (like the ones in the Chesapeake) are also joining the mix this year, giving another chance to find local options among the universal offerings.
Apart from Unicode, we’ve also seen a few customized sets of Baltimore-specific emoji in the last few years. Baltimore in a Box released a complete package of local icons, while Baltimore native and swimming legend Michael Phelps released Phelpsmoji in the run-up to his latest Olympic appearance. We also can’t help but recall the #BIW15 T-shirt (pictured above), the first in a series for the annual tech community gathering.
Speaking of purple, the Baltimore Ravens also have their own emoji keyboard, and put out the call to fans to use it to express themselves.
Happy #WorldEmojiDay Ravens Flock❗️
What Ravens emojis are you❓ pic.twitter.com/r053ZTzYJH
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) July 17, 2019
For its part, Johns Hopkins University has a role in the development of one emoji. The Baltimore university’s Center for Communication Programs was one of the key players creating buzz for the mosquito emoji, which first appeared last year. It gives public health officials an easy way to communicate about mosquito-borne disease.
— Johns Hopkins U. (@JohnsHopkins) July 17, 2019
As Baltimore’s Kennedy Krieger Institute highlights, emoji are getting more inclusive as they grow.
Today is #WorldEmojiDay. It's great to see the digital world is recognizing people with all abilities through the creation of emojis, such as service dogs, hearing aids and prosthetic arms, for a population of people who are often underrepresented. pic.twitter.com/aTHuuYpdyk
— Kennedy Krieger (@KennedyKrieger) July 17, 2019
They can also show connection to a community.
Happy #WorldEmojiDay What is your connection to #organdonation?
😇 Donor family/friend
😍 Transplant recipient
💕 Loved one of transplant recipient
⭐️ Living donor
⏰ Waiting for transplant
👏🏼 Registered donor👩⚕️
👨⚕️Health care provider
— The Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland (@TheLLF) July 17, 2019
Elsewhere, Baltimore organizations are celebrating by describing how they see themselves through emojis …
✈️ ✈️ ✈️
✈️ ✈️ ✈️ ✈️
— BWI Marshall Airport (@BWI_Airport) July 17, 2019
— Johns Hopkins Arts & Sciences (@JHUArtsSciences) July 17, 2019
Today is #WorldEmojiDay!
— Towson Athletics (@TowsonTigers) July 17, 2019
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— PPF (Players Philanthropy Fund) (@PlayersPhilFund) July 17, 2019
— OPS Consulting (@OPS_Consulting) July 17, 2019
… or providing a new way to describe the activities and friends of every day life.
— Bon Secours Health S (@BonSecours) July 17, 2019
— Maryland SPCA (@MDSPCA) July 17, 2019
It’s also a gateway to some local culture coming up this fall.
It’s #WorldEmojiDay! Can you guess our fall opera as told by emojis?
(Hint: It’s based off a novel written in the early 1800s and this will be the first staged performance of the opera)
— Peabody Institute (@george_peabody) July 17, 2019
It's #WorldEmojiDay 📅
— 93.1 WPOC (@WPOC) July 17, 2019
And when it comes to the weather on a hot day, emoji provide an easy way to communicate what it “feels like.”
— Erik Taylor (@WeatherErik) July 17, 2019
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