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Emoji are everywhere these days. They’re used on the Web, in emails, and in messages, and not just by youngsters either, but by anyone who wants a simple way of expressing themselves to others. But which, dear reader, out of all the emoji characters that exist, is your personal favorite? Welcome to this week’s We Ask You, which is all about emoji.

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We want to know, What Is Your Favorite Emoji Character?

For those not down with the kids, let’s start with the basics. Emoji are the successor to emoticons The Emoticon Is Thirty! But Where Did It Come From? [Geek History] The Emoticon Is Thirty! But Where Did It Come From? [Geek History] In 2012, the emoticon as we know it turned thirty years old. A lot of us take it for granted that we can convey emotion through text using constructs like :) and :( and O_O,... Read More , those keyboard-based pictures we have all been using since the 1980s. Emoji are actual pictures rather than rough sketches created by pressing keys in the correct order. And they’re both fun and annoying in equal measure.

There are now over 1,000 emoji characters to choose from, each of which can potentially be used to sum up a thought or feeling better than any number of words. And make no mistake about it, emoji are here to stay Can Emoji Transcend Language Boundaries? Can Emoji Transcend Language Boundaries? Will the connected age help us move beyond language as we know it? Some people think that emoji could revolutionize how we communicate. Let's take a look. Read More . Hell, the word “Emoji” has even been added to the dictionary Emoji Added to the Dictionary, Lenovo Cast Pucks Google, & More... [Tech News Digest] Emoji Added to the Dictionary, Lenovo Cast Pucks Google, & More... [Tech News Digest] WTF Emoji Clickbait, Lenovo Casts its line, Google Play age ratings, Facebook meets Harry Potter, a Humble Nindie Bundle for Nintendo fans, and the music video which finds your finger. Read More .

So, now that we’ve established what we’re talking about, it’s time for you to tell us all about your favorite emoji character(s). Just let us know in the comments below which emoji character you use more than any other. Or which emoji character you enjoy receiving more than any other.

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There are hundreds to choose from, but we’re guessing you’ll choose one of the notoriously popular emoji characters. These include the “Face with Stuck-Out Tongue and Winking Eye,” the “Thumbs-Up Sign,” the “Smiling Face with Heart-Shaped Eyes,” the “Dragon,” the “Ghost,” and our ol’ favorite, the “Pile of Poo”. These are all fine choices, but you should also feel free to choose one of the less obvious emoji characters.

Let us know which emoji character is your favorite and why. Does it sum you up better than any number of words could ever do? Does it match your emotion 3 Emotions Caused by the Internet That There Are No Words For 3 Emotions Caused by the Internet That There Are No Words For There are plenty of Internet experiences we all have every day, that lack names. Let's name them, together. Read More more often than not? Does it give you a warm, tingly feeling when you receive it in a message from a friend? You can tell us… we promise not to point and laugh.

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  1. rebecca
    November 29, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    My favorite is the "Rage" emoji :rage:

  2. Aibek Es
    June 28, 2015 at 8:04 am

    thumbs up!

  3. AmirFarbod Pashakhanloo (feri79)
    June 26, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    I love the "Kappa" emoji SO MUCH!!
    That's so funny,
    search google for "kappa emoji" to see it.
    ***
    Thanks Dave for your article.

  4. Jeremy A Moats
    June 25, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    Honestly, IDK what Emoji is nor do I care. I represent those who are tech-savvy but not trend-following.

  5. Leah C
    June 25, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    I use ;) and :p the most (to designate sarcasm) but I find I've been using the thumbs up sign a lot lately as well. On sites like Twitter where I can favorite or like something, I find it more personal than just favoriting or liking. In many conversations favoriting a tweet has the same feel as just saying "I read this." so sending the recipient the thumbs up means I agree. At least to me.

  6. Maxim Ananov
    June 25, 2015 at 2:10 am

    I've realized that I use a pretty limited set of emoji all the time. Mostly cats and monkeys. I call this one - ???? - "grumpy cat" and use to express discontent, usually ironic. I also noticed that I make the same expression with my face in real life. Not sure what came first for me - my mimic, grumpy cat or this emoji. ???? implies "if you know what I mean". ???? is for won't tell situations and ???? is for embarrassment. Finally ???? is my preferred regular smiley face for a while now.

    P.S. It amazes me how emoji-related articles fail to use a single emoji in the text. I mean come on.

    • Maxim Ananov
      June 25, 2015 at 2:14 am

      Ok. That was expected. Question marks stand for "unhappy turned sideways cat face", "smirking cat face", "a monkey that can speak no evil", "a monkey that can see no evil" and "grinning cat face" respectively.

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