Why are there 5 chicken emoji but no #DinosaurEmoji?

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Elders of the internet, we need a #DinosaurEmoji. And we need it now!

Reasons for a #DinosaurEmoji

Love

Everybody loves dinosaurs[1]! It's a global (pop culture) phenomenon in almost all countries and age groups[2].

Popularity

Dinosaurs are the highlights of natural history museums around the world[3] and attract millions of people every year.

Diversity

Several animals have two (or even more![4]) Emoji. Now it's time for dinosaurs!

Why a Sauropod[5]?

  • In many languages[6], »being a dinosaur« is a common metaphor to describe anything that is: impractically large, obsolete and or bound for extinction. No other kind of dinosaur symbolizes this better than a sauropod.
  • These gigantic herbivores[7] can be an universal sign of peace: harmless, friendly giants of fascination.
  • They were really, really huge[8]! The largest walking animals ever deserve an emoji. The whales got one, too.
  • Sauropoda are one of the most iconic kinds of dinosaur and absolutely unique in shape and size.

Status & Updates

Follow our footsteps and be part of the journey!

  • Summer 2017: Unicode 10.0 may brings a #DinosaurEmoji (or more) to your mobile phone!
  • November 2016: Approval!

    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«. 👌

  • Summer 2016: Revised draft

    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 .

  • Mai 2016: Proposal discussion at UTC

    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.

  • February 2016: Sauropod draft We still miss the dinosaurs. First sketch ✏️ of the friendly sauropod you see on this page.
  • 65 mio years ago: the dinosaurs die. 😰

FAQ

Who's actually deciding on 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.

Is it a good idea to mass-email people to make the emoji happen?

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.

What's the idea behind dinosauremoji.com?

We're great dinosaur fans. We're great emoji fans. And we're just REALLY, really excited that a #DinosaurEmoji seems to be possible. This website is for everyone else who thinks alike. And of course it is adfree and nonprofit.

What is next?

We'll update the timeline as soon as we hear something new. Follow us on social media or get the newsletter and we'll ping you!

Got any questions? Connect with us on or !

The Proposal

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).

Persistence
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.«

What humans are saying

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Footnotes

  1. Hm, what emoji could possibly express this feeling best? Hint: it isn't »❤️🐲«.
  2. »The appeal of dinosaurs, as suggested by author, researcher, and dinosaur enthusiast Donald F. Glut, has multiple factors. Dinosaurs were "monsters," yet are safely extinct, allowing for vicarious thrills. They appeal to the imagination, and there are many ways to approach them intellectually. Finally, they appeal to adults nostalgic for what they enjoyed as children. Children have been particularly drawn to dinosaurs over the years.«. — Cultural depictions of dinosaurs at Wikipedia.
  3. One of the world's biggest ones (with mostly real bones) is on display in Berlin, Germany. And New York got Titanosaur!!!1!1!
  4. Really, what's the thing with so many chickens? 🐣🐤🐥🐔🐓 What are the chances of getting »hatching dino«, »baby dino«, »teen dino«, »adult dino« and »dino skeleton«? Pretty low, right? So all we ask for is one single dino. For now.
  5. Like »Littlefoot, the longneck« is one. Also see Sauropoda at Wikipedia.
  6. English: »The old factory is now a rusting dinosaur.« — Merriam Webster

    German: »übertragen: etwas Altes, nicht mehr Zeitgemäßes« („something old, out of fashion“) — de.Wiktionary

    French: »Notre chef de service est un dinosaure : il est là depuis la création de l’entreprise.« („Our boss is a dinosaur: he has been around since the first day of the company“) — fr.Wiktionary
  7. This means: they ate 🌳, not 🍔.
  8. »For much of the dinosaur era, the smallest sauropods were larger than anything else in their habitat, and the largest were an order of magnitude more massive than anything else that has since walked the Earth.« — Dinosaur size at Wikipedia.
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