Emoji proliferation

From: Christopher Fynn (cfynn@gmx.net)
Date: Sun Jan 11 2009 - 00:50:17 CST

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    Doug Ewell wrote:


    > Go back and look at the survey again. 72% of users who said they were
    > dissatisfied with their carrier's emoji said they wanted a wider
    > variety. You don't think the vendors are going to notice that and start
    > playing leapfrog with each other to provide ever wider repertoires?

    People are already betting on this happening.

    Last night there was a news clip on BBC World showing someone
    demonstrating MS Windows 7 (beta) at Las Vegas. A few nice new
    navigation and other features were demonstrated by the young woman from
    Microsoft ~ the final feature demonstrated, which she claimed was her
    favourite, was the ability to easily add all kinds of little animated
    graphics (looking very much like emoji) to her Live Messenger chat and
    have the colour and display of her message change in response to the
    feeling represented by the included emoji. Now if the marketing
    department of a major company like Microsoft has decided that animated
    graphics/emoji and related features are one of the main selling points
    for the latest version of their flagship software then they have already
    in effect bet huge sums of money on these things proliferating like

    - Chris

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