Wait, what’s an emoji?
Let’s start with the basics. According to Wikipedia, an emoji is an ideogram or smiley used in email or on a web page. Today, this has been expanded beyond the traditional smiley face, and emojis may be pictures of anything, but their intent remains the same – to express an emotion, feeling, or situation.
But why would I want to use a picture to express emotion?
That’s like saying, “Why would I want to add salt to my meal?” Sure, you can eat a meal without salt and it has all the same nutrients. However, salt adds depth of flavor and enhances the experience. That’s exactly what emojis do to a conversation. Thanks to Snapchat, the yellow heart emoji has come to be known as a symbol for friendship. A yellow heart emoji means “You’re my best friend!” Sure, you can say it, but the emoji will seal the deal. To take it a step further, the red heart emoji indicates that you’ve been #1 BF’s for two weeks straight. The emoji status mirrors the progression of a relationship in real life.
Ok, they’re amazing. So how do I get these emojis?
Historically, emojis have been available only by downloading and installing special keyboard apps on your telephone. This can be a hassle and can be confusing. A much easier method is to copy and paste emojis from one of the many websites available. At the click of a mouse, you can have all of the emojis with none of the hassle! A few of our favorites are listed below.
This site has all of the traditional emojis found on the basic emoji keyboard (including the infamous yellow and red heart emoji!) With the people, you can choose both expression and skin tone. A simple paragraph at the beginning lets you quickly choose the operating system you will be using, so you pick the right characters that will be compatible. It’s simple, straightforward, and complete.
This site also has traditional emojis, but what makes this site different is the search functionality. Thanks to a handy layout, you can quickly find the category you are looking for without much scrolling. Looking for flags for Labor Day weekend? Skip to the “flags” tab. How about a football for the start of the season? Just choose the “sport” tab. Finding the best copy and paste emojis is simple with this site.
iEmoji.com allows similar search functionality, and of course the emoji copy and paste functionality. But especially for the new emoters, their cheat sheet comes in handy. Not only do they have the actual images, but they have a list of explanations. For example, who knew that the weird red face with horns is actually a Japanese Ogre? More specifically, it’s a “traditional Japanese Oni. A red demon, troll, ogre, monster, or devil. A mask worn in theater to represent an evil creature, complete with all the essential characteristics of a monster, such as horns, sharp teeth, and dark hair.” That might be just what you were looking for when… well, when you want to call someone a Japanese Ogre. The red 100 is a more practical example. It’s used to indicate “good job” – as though you got 100 percent on a test and aced it. If you’re ever in doubt which emoji to use, this is the site for you.
No review of emoji copy and paste sites would be complete without a mention of Bitmoji. Once you’ve mastered the basics of emoji 101 and think you’re ready to hit graduate levels, take a peek at Bitmoji. This requires a bit of pre-work, because you create your own personal character. But then that character (who looks remarkably like you) is placed in different backgrounds, scenarios, and emotional states. Once again, you can simply copy and paste the picture into almost any online correspondence you might have.
Business Insider shows increases in both mobile email usage and emojis in advertising to go along with those increases. In 2015, Oxford Dictionaries selected the “tears of joy” emoji as the “word” of the year, according to a report by CBC News. And let’s face it – emojis are just fun! Whatever your purpose, don’t let the technology stop you from keeping up with the cool kids. Simply copy, paste, and enjoy emojis from your favorite site, and let your pictures speak your next thousand words!