What do a playground slide, hands in the shape of a heart, and a troll have in common? They’re part of the newest batch of about 100 emojis.
People everywhere will be able to include them in texts and online posts soon. The emojis will join the thousands of others that are already shared billions of times each day. But have you ever thought about where these colorful symbols come from?
A group called the Unicode Consortium approves all new emojis. It’s made up mostly of technology companies like Google. Each year, Unicode reviews ideas for new emojis and decides which ones to approve.
“A lot of effort is going on behind the scenes to make sure they are as useful as possible for people across the world,” says Keith Broni. He works for a website about emojis.
Anyone can send in an emoji idea, including you. Use the tips on the next page to create your own!