Dinosaurs are the highlights of natural history museums around the world and attract millions of people every year.
Several animals have two (or even more!) Emoji. Now it's time for dinosaurs!
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At the 2016Q4 Unicode Technical Committee meeting not one but two (✌️) Dinosaur Emoji Candidates get approved! 😮🙏😍
»SAUROPOD« is one of them, so there's a great chance it'll make it into the final release in Summer 2017. The second dinosaur is »T-REX«. 👌
The Emoji Subcommittee works on a proposal 📓 to consolidate dinosaurs and extinct animal emoji requests.
»That consolidated proposal should come before the committee over the summer and your proposal will help in making a good case for a dinosaur emoji.«, a member ☝️says .
Two different dinosaur proposals 📗📘 and one extendend comment 📝 on these gets discussed by the Emoji Subcommittee during their Q2 2016 meeting.
The decision is made to postpone the decision ⏳ and come back with a more general solution for (extinct) animal emoji.
The Unicode Consortium. They work amongst other stuff on IT standards that make sure that all kinds of different characters and languages are displayed correctly on your computer and mobile. Emoji are just a small and (relatively (!) unimportant) part of their work.
NO. Definitely don't! Not only because petitions for emoji are not a criterion for them (good!) at all but also because it distracts them from some really important work. Better share this page.
And in case you want to learn more about the emoji proccess check out »Meet the 63-Year-Old in Charge of Approving New Emoji« from time.com and »Who Controls Emoji Anyway?« from Mashable.
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The Sauropod Proposal
Anyone can submit a proposal for an emoji character, but the proposal needs to have all the right information for it to have a chance of being accepted. Here are some examples from the sauropod proposal, one of two dinosaur documents the UTC received.
The selection factors for inclusion are amongst others compatibility, image distinctiveness, completeness and expected usage level. To get a sense of the popularity of animal hashtag on Instagram I collected the number of times an animal emoji was used as an hashtag. Therefore I used the official name of the emoji (e.g., »Tropical Fish«). With this method, all animals with emoji named like »Wolf Face« are underrepresented since there are way more pictures tagged with »wolf« than with »wolf face«.
Aside from these edge cases we still get a pretty clear picture: The hashtag »Dinosaur« is more popular than many other well known emoji like »ram« »octopus«, »rat«, »dolphin«, »snail«, »scorpion«, »whale«, »koala«, »crocodile« and many more.
Also the Google search volume (image search, global) for »dinosaur« is constantly higher than other emoji animal with comparable Instagram usage (see above).
Another criterion for the UTC is persistence. And this makes total sense, you don't want a keyboard with thousands of emoji nobody uses (anymore). But what about dinosaurs, are they just a short-living trend?
Of course not, but let the sources speak for themselves. Dinosaurs have been popular since they were first discovered; there’s no decline in popularity to expect:
The Guardian: Why dinosaurs are important
»Either way, though, their enduring popularity makes them a key part of the arsenal of the science educator.«
Wikipedia: Cultural depictions of dinosaurs
»Dinosaurs began appearing in films soon after the introduction of cinema, the first being the good-natured animated Gertie the Dinosaur in 1914.«
The Guardian: Dinomania: the story of our obsession with dinosaurs
»They [already, note from the author of this document] made the Victorians shudder.«
I mean.. I'm all about "man in business suit levitating" but why did he come before a dinosaur emoji eh?!? #dinosaurEmoji— Alex (@alexandra_7) 8. April 2016
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