I remember during the late 90s a series of books coming out that was written entirely in email transcripts between two people. The covers of each were an emoticon.

I really wasn't sure if I "got" emotions. As the years went by, emojis appeared, and I continued to be confused as to their popularity. And yet, they grew.

In the last 12 months, it finally snapped for me (yes, I'm a little slow!). An emoji can take a contextless and emotionless email (or IM or tweet) and inject it with emotion. All of a sudden something that could be perceived as annoyed, could be correctly perceived as jovial (or any other mix).

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What's more, people are amazingly expressive with emojis, creating another avenue of creativity, particular shared over the web.

This is why, this year at ffconf, we have a session dedicated to the emoji.

I'm interested in its history, how its used in professional communication and possibly most importantly to me, compatibility - since not all platforms have the latest emoji characters.

Get your ticket today. It's going to be another amazing year of content.

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