“Apple, we have enough emoji. Please, no more emoji, thank you.” The problem with emoji is obvious. Emoji are growing faster than the human population and already I have trouble keeping up with names for family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and everyone else in between.
It’s not like people walk around with a name tag, you know. Emoji don’t have name tags, either, and they’re in desperate need of some way to know which emoji means what. Apple’s iOS 12 is on the streets and iOS 12.1 is not far behind. Yes, an update brings bug fixes but also more visual clutter. Apple says it has 70 more emoji ready to be launched in iOS 12.1.
70? Seriously? How many of the basic emoji can you identify? Here’s a sample of the 70:
Let me start with the little yellow emoji in the lower right corner. What is it? Perplexed? Crosseyed? Rolling eyes? Those little yellow emoji are the worst offenders because they are emotional in nature and there doesn’t seem to be an easy guide to determine which to use or when.
OK, salt shaker? Got it. When should it be used? Bagel? Why? Kangaroo? Maybe that’s popular in Australia. Red Lobster? Clever. But I don’t eat there anymore (thank you, God, for creating shellfish allergies).
The rest of the new emoji look much like these.
Frisbee? Why? I like the yellow party emoji and I can find use for that. Ditto for yet another heart-love-smile emoji. Swan? Why?
The folks who run Unicode develop the standards and each platform develops their own icons to match the original emoji so these came straight from Apple and they’ll show up on Apple gadgets in a month or two.
What bugs me most about emoji in general is the lack of identification. What does each emoji character symbolize? The folks at Learning Liftoff put together a few that will make you wonder why humans seem to have more difficulty communicating with each other. It’s a must read.
Please, Apple; somebody? No more emoji until we get a cheat sheet so we know what we’re saying when we use emoji.