Emojis Revisited: Are Emojis really Cross-Platform?


In 2018 I examined how emojis are handled cross-platform. But the world of emojis is constantly changing with new Emojis being added and I am seeing their use increase. So, it seems to me that this is a good time to revisit the question “Are emojis really cross-platform?” When you use an emoji in a text message, a tweet, a Facebook post, or in an email, what will the reader of your emoji see? 

What about emoji use in a blog post? Here is a real quick test: I have entered seven emojis in the text of this paragraph: 

😷🧔🏻🥰👨🏽‍🚀🦠🈵💱 

Here is a screenshot of what I typed:

Do you see the same emojis as the ones I typed? My guess is that many of you will not. In addition to platform differences (I am typing in Word for Mac on an iMac running Catalina), there is also the blog software that Parallels uses, which on occasion does odd things to text it considers to be “foreign”.

There seem to be four cases related to emoji viewing: 

Case 1: Absolutely identical 

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Figure 1_Sometimes emoji are seen by the reader as identical to what you entered

Case 2: Conceptually identical, but artistically distinct 

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Figure 2_Sometimes emoji are only conceptually similar

Case 3: Missing  

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Figure 3_Sometimes emoji are just not available on the reader’s device

Case 4: Missing in portions of an application 

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Figure 4_Rarely, emoji rendeering is different in different parts of the same application

Have you observed any emoji differences that are not one of the cases I describe above? If so, let me know in the comments. 

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