The first emoji icons were created between 1998-1999 by Shigetaka Kurita, who was part of the team working on NTT DoCoMo’s i-mode mobile internet platform. The first set of 172 12×12 pixel emoji was created as part of i-mode’s messaging features to help facilitate electronic communication, and to serve as a distinguishing feature from other services. Continue reading for more funny and creative ways to use the icons.

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