Fandango’s Provocative Question (25 December 2019)

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I wrote the other day about how the apps on my phone hardly ever change. One other thing which doesn’t change are the tabs which open with the web browser on my computer. I’ve kinda got into the habit of firing up a browser just as soon as I am able.

The tabs are:

  • The BBC News Web Site. I’m actually quite sceptical of the stories that the BBC do and don’t publish, and certainly my main news feeds come from other sources, but the Beeb is probably the online resource I will hit first.
  • Google Calendar. Hell, I’m a busy guy! (despite posting on Christmas Day)
  • Flickr – a relic from my former life. I actually have over 7,000 photos up there, but I’ve published probably fewer than 20 since the stroke. Just as the stroke hit, I was considering upgrading my already-obsolete SLR, but just one of several things which have been put on hold while I have higher spending priorities.
  • Ebay – I use it maybe 10 times per year for low-value purposes. Again, I used to use it more often.
  • Facebook – I have an account, I have contacts, but Facebook has become very limited because of the rudeness and abuse which goes along with it.
  • WordPress. The command console. Only recently. It used to be Blogger. Just a handy way of getting to my blog if I feel like writing something. Plus, of course, WordPress offers this whole world of interaction over and above just writing posts.

and these tabs have remained unchanged for years.

For years, too, I have been aware of emojis. Just a few of them. Happy smiley, wink smiley, sad face, laughing face, just as keyboard combinations. For years, to get a smiley, I would type :, then -, then ). How could a qwerty keyboard manage anything different?

On Facebook first, I noticed funny symbols appearing. Flags, hearts – red and blue – how the hell does somebody type a British flag???? I saw them too when I moved to WordPress, and became aware that there was this whole alphabet of emojis.

But whilst I am now aware that they exist, the bad news is that apart from a half-dozen obvious ones, I haven’t got a clue what any of them mean! I mean, I have a brain and I can guess that when somebody types a blue heart, it is some non-romantic symbol of affection, but that’s just my assumption, which makes sense to me. I bloody hope so, or I have sent (and received!) some very dodgy messages!

So in the last few months, I have found another web page to load every time: I think this came from Twitter themselves, who invented the emoji language.

Now, a brilliant thing about this site is that it not only has every emoji which I can just copy and paste, but it has them at twice their normal size, so I can actually tell the difference. In what they look like, at least. In terms of what they mean, I still don’t have a clue. What does 😄 mean, that’s different to 😆?

The other thing is that because GetEmoji displays emojis at twice their normal size, when they then halve their size in WordPress, say, and I am well-and-truly stuffed. They all look the same! So, not only do I not understand what the difference might be, but I can’t even see a bloody difference!

Fandango’s Provocative Question today asks if we over-use emojis. Not this cookie! Nor you, if you want me to be able to follow your posts!

There are two useful ones, at least 🖕🏻 😆 🖕🏻 😆 🖕🏻.

Enjoying the calm before the storm.

Author: Mister Bump UK

Designed/developed large IT systems, interrupted by a stroke in 2016, aged 48. Now mix development of health-related software with voluntary work and writing. Married, with an estranged daughter.

8 thoughts on “Fandango’s Provocative Question (25 December 2019)”

  1. Oh the hearts have different meanings due to color? Didn’t know that! What do they mean?
    I like to use emojis but I only use a few. What they mean to me I know but not what they represent. I know I used this a lot 🤗 which ment ‘hug’ for me but apparently ‘bye’ for my friend. 🙃 and this I use for ‘oops’ or ‘oh no’ or ‘funny things’. I think the use of emojis is personal and everybody has his or hers preference. Fact is that they can be understood differently. 👀 I find it easy to use that as some sort of clarification added to written language, like that what I typed was a joke 🙂 🥳 🥳 Thank you for sharing the site, it is a good one! 👍 🤙 🌺

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    1. A yellow face with a broad, open smile and scrunched, X-shaped eyes often conveys excitement or hearty laughter. Similar to 😀 Grinning Face but with eyes that might say Squee! or Awesome! Found this explanation on the site you recommended. 🙂

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  2. I don’t use my phone for typing blog posts, so I have to be a little inventive about the emojis. I used to have a list of keyboard characters that when put together would make one. I still use the heart and smiley face this way. I agree that most are so little I have no idea what they are! I’ll check out the link. 🙂

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