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Emoji vs Emoticon vs Smiley

Emoji and Emoticons complements electronic text messages. 

An emoticon is a picture representation of a facial expression using numbers, letters and punctuation marks. It is employed in text-based cyber communications (instant messengers, web forums and online games) to express a person's feeling or mood.

In other words, emoticons are pictorial icons created using the characters in the keyboard. Hence, most of the emotions are needed to be read sideways. 

Emoticon - a graphic display of an emotion or sentiment.

A Smiley means a happy face or smiling face. Sometimes, "Smiley" is also used as a generic term to denote any emoticon.

Emoji are pictograms popularly used in electronic messages ( instant messenger like Skype) and Web pages. The first emoji was created in 1998 or 1999 in Japan by Shigetaka Kurita.

Recently, Text Emoticons are popularly replaced by Emoji. Both Emoji and Emoticons can be used to enhance your slack messages.

Emoticons are just sequence of keyboard letters and symbols. Emoji, on the other hand, are images encoded in the Unicode Standard.

 Emoji - images representing  facial expressions, common objects, places and types of weather, and animals.

emoji2017.jpgEmoji is indeed an emoticon as it displays facial expressions. But, Emoticons cannot be called as an Emoji. Smiley is a general term can be used for denoting both Emoji and Emoticons.

Image Credit : Emoji


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