Scott Fahlman invented the emoji on September 19, 1982 at Carnegie Mellon University. The pictographs have since become become an essential communication tool. Photo: Scott Fahlman
Scott Fahlman invented the emoji on September 19, 1982 at Carnegie Mellon University. The pictographs have since become become an essential communication tool. Photo: Scott Fahlman
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40 years of emojis – how did they start, and what does the future hold for these cute pictographs?

  • In a world where messages and emails are replacing face-to-face conversation, emojis stand in for facial expressions and gestures to communicate emotion and tone
  • Invented at a US university 40 years ago, they have since become central to everyday conversation. Linguists think their influence will only increase with time

Scott Fahlman invented the emoji on September 19, 1982 at Carnegie Mellon University. The pictographs have since become become an essential communication tool. Photo: Scott Fahlman
Scott Fahlman invented the emoji on September 19, 1982 at Carnegie Mellon University. The pictographs have since become become an essential communication tool. Photo: Scott Fahlman
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