It’s 😂, the “Face with Tears of Joy” emoji.
This year Oxford University Press have partnered with leading mobile technology business SwiftKey to explore frequency and usage statistics for some of the most popular emoji across the world, and 😂 was chosen because it was the most used emoji globally in 2015. SwiftKey identified that 😂 made up 20% of all the emojis used in the UK in 2015, and 17% of those in the US: a sharp rise from 4% and 9% respectively in 2014. The word emoji has seen a similar surge: although it has been found in English since 1997, usage more than tripled in 2015 over the previous year according to data from the Oxford Dictionaries Corpus.
I know the choice has received its fair share of flak on account of it not being a word but a pictograph, but I like it. Languages evolve naturally and it’s refreshing to see this acknowledged.
Nintendo Co., Ltd. deeply regrets to announce that President Satoru Iwata passed away on July 11, 2015 due to a bile duct growth.
Truly a great man. In an industry of rife with cynicism, he always came of as a sincere person who genuinely loved games and the joy they bring. Rest in peace.
KPCB’s Mary Meeker presents the 2015 Internet Trends report, 20 years after the inaugural “The Internet Report” was first published in 1995.
197 slides but, as always, well worth it.