Should I be using silly emoji in church communications?

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Emoji are those small, cartoony icons used in texting and online communications to express emotions and ideas, among other things. If you're not a regular emoji-user, you may not know that they are taking the world by storm. Emoji has bypassed "trend" status, and is now redefining how the younger generations communicate digitally. So let's look at how to use emoji to communicate with your church, engaging them on a new level.

And yes, the plural of "emoji" is "emoji." ?

Where and how emoji are used

Millions of people around the globe use emoji on a daily basis to add some pizazz to their communications or to simply convey the message's tone, where facial expression is normally needed. According to the New York Times, in 2013 74 percent of people in the United States and 82 percent in China said that they have used emoji in texting and messages — and it's only gone up from there.

Emoji are used most commonly in text messages and on Twitter (though Facebook gets its fair share). EmojiTracker is a website that tracks what emoji are used most frequently on Twitter in real-time. At the current moment, "Face With Tears of Joy" is in the lead with 703,431,219 uses!

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