From: Christopher Fynn (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Fri Dec 26 2008 - 04:26:02 CST
Asmus Freytag <email@example.com> wrote:
> These modern sets, precisely because they are (very) modern, and not
> historic, are not settled; they are theoretically open-ended, but, for
> different reasons, there are lines that can be drawn. Emoji are not
> created on the ground, but the current sets under discussion are
> provided by vendors who have to absorb any costs from extending their
> sets - as Ken has argued that will prove a brake on further expansion,
> an argument with which I happen to agree. Emoticons are more open - but
> for them, there exists something like a universally recognizable core
> subset, which would make a worthy target for an encoding proposal.
> All modern-use and recently created symbols face the suspicion of
> impermanence. ....
This What Japan Thinks survey <http://whatjapanthinks.com/2007/07/12/japanese-cell-phone-emoji-graphical-icon-usage/> is interesting. If this is to be beleived, it seems almost 80% of Japanese cell phone users sometimes or often use emoji - but most of these users are at best only "somewhat satisfied" with their emoji. The major reason for satisfation given is that the "Pictures are cute" while the major reason for disatiscation (72.2%) is that there are only a "Few kinds of emoji".
My take on this is that it looks like there is ample reason for carriers to want to expand or change this set. ...
There is another survey (all in Japanese) at
I can't read Jpanese - but this survey also seems to indicate a fairly strong customer desire for more emoji.
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