I think diaspora* should support emojis.
Emojis are Unicode smileys that originate from Japan. They were popularized by their integration in smartphone keyboards. They are very, very popular and are quickly becoming a standard in smiley usage. In fact, the Global Language Monitor determined that the heart emoji was last year’s most popular “word”.
However, even if they are widely supported on iOS and Android, emoji characters are very poorly supported on desktops and on the Web. See an example here. You should not see squares.
To remedy this problem, developers created Emoji One, an open source collection of emoji characters that are embedded directly on the Web. Twitter did the same, and now share their emojis with WordPress.com.
I suggest that diaspora* should do the same. I find emojis cute, they are becoming an open standard and they are very efficient in sharing feelings over the network.
I bet some people will assume that emojis automatically replaces traditional text smileys/emoticons like or
This is wrong!
As you read earlier, emojis have their own Unicode characters. For example, a grinning face is Unicode U+1F603 (). No need to setup something like a system that replaces with an image!
Oh, and you don’t like emojis? Well emojis are Unicode characters, so not displaying them properly because you don’t approve them would be censorship! Diaspora* users should have the free speech to spam their contacts with how many emojis they like.
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