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Dear MEL Topic Readers,
Could an emoji save your life?
Most of the mobile phone users must have seen or used emojis. The emoji is a small digital image or icon used to express an idea or emotion in electronic communication worldwide. They include sequences for gender or skin tone, flags, and the components used to create keycap, flag, and other sequences. Originated on Japanese mobile phones in 1999, emojis have become increasingly popular around the world especially on smartphones and now there are over 2,800 emojis in the Unicode Standard as of June 2018. Since the emoji is used without training and beyond language barriers, it could be regarded as one of the most popular international communication tools.
Also, the emoji expresses the meaning, feeling and even situations clearly and instantly like pictographs and other visual images that are used to show for safety instructions to passengers and warnings signs to visitors. Now, some people are campaigning to use this common communication tool as an early warning message tool for climate and environmental events, especially for an earthquake. Since so many people are visiting or staying in places whose languages are different from theirs, universal and easy-to-understand mobile messages are essential and convenient for critical events. So, why not use it more effectively?
Enjoy reading and think if someday the emoji will become the leading universal communication tool over languages.