πŸ”™πŸ™ŒπŸŒΌ, ☁🌏. πŸ‘‡πŸ’©. 🎦7⃣ πŸ’―πŸ’―πŸ†” πŸŒ πŸ˜ƒπŸ’¬: "😩"
August 30, 2014 1:30 PM   Subscribe

Announced at the end of June, Emojli was billed as "the emoji-only network." One source called it worse than Yo. It launched yesterday with 70,000 names registered. The creators of the app 🌠 Tom Scott (previously on Metafilter) and πŸ˜ƒ Matt Gray (who shows up frequently on Tom's YouTube channel) presented a talk: "Emojli: Behind the Scenes and Why You Should Never Build An App."
posted by BungaDunga (89 comments total) 17 users marked this as a favorite

 
If anyone wishes to add me I am ❕ on emoji, and you are free to brighten my day with random messages. Because really, like most everything Tom Scott does (running for election as an MP dressed as a pirate comes to mind) emoji is just fun, it's not trying to serve some lazy douchebag VC craze it is trying to be silly, and succeeds wonderfully.
posted by Another Fine Product From The Nonsense Factory at 1:34 PM on August 30, 2014 [8 favorites]


β¬†οΈβ¬†οΈβ¬‡οΈβ¬‡οΈβ¬…οΈβž‘οΈβ¬…οΈβž‘οΈπŸ…±πŸ…°
posted by fallingbadgers at 1:45 PM on August 30, 2014 [12 favorites]


I'm πŸ™πŸ‘½πŸ™
posted by azarbayejani at 1:46 PM on August 30, 2014 [1 favorite]


to answer the question in the video, there's an aubergine/eggplant emoji because that's a popular Japanese phallic symbol
posted by Bwithh at 1:59 PM on August 30, 2014 [1 favorite]


HIlarious that they think that this cannot be exploited for business purposes.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 2:02 PM on August 30, 2014


Sometimes I'm happy my phone is from 2004.
posted by Pope Guilty at 2:10 PM on August 30, 2014 [6 favorites]


I...like it?
posted by Potomac Avenue at 2:11 PM on August 30, 2014


I'm now imagining a romantic comedy where the two leading characters get their emoji usernames mixed up and spend months flirting with complete strangers on Emojli.
posted by Lanark at 2:20 PM on August 30, 2014 [1 favorite]


@Bwithh: It's popular here too.
posted by pashdown at 2:22 PM on August 30, 2014 [2 favorites]


Oh okayβ€¦πŸ†’
posted by johnnydummkopf at 2:24 PM on August 30, 2014


Most everything Tom does is aimed at celebrity. It's really interesting just how good he is at it (his track record of creative, fully-implemented stunts is amazing), and how hard it is for him to make any headway (he's not that well known, even now).
posted by Leon at 2:30 PM on August 30, 2014


All I see are a bunch of boxes?
posted by Jacqueline at 2:33 PM on August 30, 2014 [4 favorites]


I don't understand what is happening.
posted by Justinian at 2:35 PM on August 30, 2014 [2 favorites]


I'm not that familiar with Tom Scott but I've seen several of his videos. What makes the things he does "aimed at celebrity" instead of just, I don't know, interesting things that a creative person does because they're fun?
posted by narain at 2:36 PM on August 30, 2014 [1 favorite]


All I see are a bunch of boxes?

Have you considered that you might be a cat?
posted by pemberkins at 2:36 PM on August 30, 2014 [36 favorites]


How do you get these to show up in Chrome on Windows 7?
posted by desjardins at 2:38 PM on August 30, 2014


πŸ‘ (a slow clap for your use of emojis in the title)

Just kidding. I was 😍 when I saw the title because I just downloaded Chromoji the other day.
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 2:41 PM on August 30, 2014 [3 favorites]


All I see are a bunch of boxes?

Check.
posted by Mr. Six at 2:49 PM on August 30, 2014 [1 favorite]


Is this something you have to be under 40 to understand?
posted by Slothrup at 2:54 PM on August 30, 2014 [3 favorites]


HIlarious that they think that this cannot be exploited for business purposes.

Oh I think they know it can, but appear to have absolutely no interest in doing so. They're not app developers and are just barely still having fun with the whole idea. Turning it into a business would be the opposite of fun...
posted by BungaDunga at 2:54 PM on August 30, 2014


Recording at this thing
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 2:56 PM on August 30, 2014


I think that I'll look back and remember this as the exact moment that the internet totally passed me by.
posted by octothorpe at 2:58 PM on August 30, 2014 [4 favorites]


Yeah, entire post looks borked if you don't have emojis installed. Screenshot.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 2:58 PM on August 30, 2014 [5 favorites]


Yeah, entire post looks borked if you don't have emojis installed. Screenshot.

It's good to know the authorities will have a prime suspect when Matt vanishes.
posted by item at 3:05 PM on August 30, 2014 [7 favorites]


Um I mean if he vanishes.
posted by item at 3:06 PM on August 30, 2014 [11 favorites]


I'm super pleased to see Tom getting wider recognition. He's just as awesome and super enthused about everything IRL as he is online.

Also I'm panda face coffee mug on Emojli. SEND SMILEY POOPS AT ME.
posted by fight or flight at 3:08 PM on August 30, 2014 [3 favorites]


Somehow my chromebook does have these things installed. I'm not sure when that happened but lucky for me since now I can see little poop icons.
posted by octothorpe at 3:14 PM on August 30, 2014


I am bikini scissors, although I doubt I'll ever use my account much.
posted by Pater Aletheias at 3:15 PM on August 30, 2014 [2 favorites]


oh is this the thread where i can ask how the heck you get your emojis into metafilter?

my keyboard doesn't have an alien face button :-/
posted by ghostbikes at 3:34 PM on August 30, 2014


I'm Ⓜ️ on there.

I partly took my current job because it meant having Tom Scott as a colleague, he's one of those people who's consistently creative, always working on something interesting. I've no idea if this project will grow and continue to be used, but some people are having intriguingly weird chats on it.
posted by malevolent at 3:36 PM on August 30, 2014 [1 favorite]


rainbow snowflake
posted by univac at 3:43 PM on August 30, 2014


fight or flight, it's telling me panda face coffee mug doesn't exist
posted by univac at 3:45 PM on August 30, 2014


I'm πŸ‹πŸ†, if you know what I mean
posted by Rinku at 3:54 PM on August 30, 2014 [5 favorites]


This is far too expressive. They should take a page out of Twitter's book and limit the number of emoji per message. 140 characters = approximately 28 words = 0.028 pictures. So it seems like a good limit would be about 36 messages per emoji.
posted by Flunkie at 3:59 PM on August 30, 2014


Huh, on my Nexus tablet now and the emoji are big and colorful. On the Cromebook they were tiny and black-and-white.
posted by octothorpe at 4:00 PM on August 30, 2014



πŸšΊπŸ’¨
posted by Invisible Green Time-Lapse Peloton at 4:39 PM on August 30, 2014 [2 favorites]


πŸ••πŸ••
 βž–
posted by NMcCoy at 4:51 PM on August 30, 2014 [1 favorite]


I have no idea what this thread is about, I just came to post weird symbols.

βš½β›½βœŠ
posted by dgaicun at 5:08 PM on August 30, 2014


πŸ’€πŸ£
posted by mistersquid at 5:09 PM on August 30, 2014 [1 favorite]


πŸ™

*left click*

Look up "πŸ™"
Copy
Speech > Start Speaking

"personwithfoldedhandsemoji"

Looks like that takes care of THAT.
posted by Chutzler at 5:23 PM on August 30, 2014


This post is beyond adorable on my phone.
posted by betweenthebars at 5:24 PM on August 30, 2014 [1 favorite]


Ok I'm πŸŽ‰πŸ³πŸŽ‰

PS πŸ’ (pretty sure that's the emoji version of Β―\_(ツ)_/Β― )
posted by mothershock at 5:42 PM on August 30, 2014


> Huh, on my Nexus tablet now and the emoji are big and colorful. On the Cromebook they were tiny and black-and-white.

Emojis are (ideally) not rendered as embedded graphics, but as characters from a font with emoji glyphs at relevant Unicode character points.

Each of your devices is rendering the emoji with the fonts they have installed. One has a black and white emoji font, the other's is in color. You can see how different systems/platforms render emoji at Emojipedia.
posted by ardgedee at 5:56 PM on August 30, 2014 [1 favorite]


I reserved several names, but only have an android phone. I feel cheated.
posted by dabitch at 6:08 PM on August 30, 2014 [2 favorites]


Chromoji extension.
posted by peacay at 6:32 PM on August 30, 2014 [2 favorites]


Oh whoops..didn't see it was posted upstream.
posted by peacay at 6:35 PM on August 30, 2014


Emojis interact weirdly with search. If you search for one on Google or Twitter there are no results, but as you paste it into the search box, they suggest related searches.
posted by oulipian at 6:35 PM on August 30, 2014


It's really interesting just how good he is at it (his track record of creative, fully-implemented stunts is amazing), and how hard it is for him to make any headway (he's not that well known, even now).

Maybe he just needs the right partner. Tom and Matt have a good chemistry in a performance mode, and I could see them doing some kind of show together and doing pretty well in either an audio or video format. They seem to have the right 'shapes' and look for a performance duo. It sounds weird, and never realized it until just now, but hear me out. Ever notice the frequency of duos that are comprised of one dark haired one who is a bit heavier and often (but not always) taller, and the other thinner and also blonde? Offhand I can think of Penn and Teller, Fry and Laurie, Mitchell and Webb, Jay and Silent Bob, Nick Frost and Simon Pegg, Laurel and Hardy, Abbot and Costello, Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, French and Saunders, Will Ferrel and John C. Riley, and even Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher of the Found Footage Festival, and I'm sure there's a lot more, but you see my point. For some weird reason, that combination appears to have some sort of benefit. If it were just about size, or just about hair color, that's one thing, but the prevalence of duos with both characteristics together is just kind of strange.
posted by chambers at 6:35 PM on August 30, 2014 [1 favorite]


I am πŸ°πŸ’¬ and not entirely sure I understand the point. But whatevs.
posted by ambilevous at 6:37 PM on August 30, 2014


Wikipedia supports emoji! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/πŸ’‹
posted by oulipian at 6:47 PM on August 30, 2014


I find this post πŸ˜‰ and am considering getting Emojili because it sounds πŸŽ‰!

Also, πŸ’©.
posted by dotgirl at 6:50 PM on August 30, 2014


Oh, what the hell. I grabbed 🎡🐺.
posted by Songdog at 6:53 PM on August 30, 2014


πŸ‘‰πŸ™πŸ™πŸ‘ˆ
posted by njohnson23 at 7:02 PM on August 30, 2014 [1 favorite]


Tom & Matt & two more had a podcast going for a while and I've been really enjoying their Citation Needed series, in which Tom quizzes them about a random Wikipedia page (that they can't see). This would be tedious except they're all just funny enough to make it enjoyable.
posted by BungaDunga at 7:12 PM on August 30, 2014 [2 favorites]


Been going through and entering various iconographic names posted here. Some real. Some not. As expected. πŸ‘‰πŸ™πŸ™πŸ‘ˆ
posted by njohnson23 at 7:20 PM on August 30, 2014


Mine is real. Grabbing πŸ‘™βœ‚οΈ as my username is the ultra-straight-laced person's version of a wild, wild mid-life crisis. So daring and risquΓ©! Now I'm going to send smiley faces to random people! Take THAT, inexorable decay!
posted by Pater Aletheias at 8:08 PM on August 30, 2014 [6 favorites]


What the hell, I grabbed β›΅οΈπŸ‘ŠπŸŽΉ.
posted by emelenjr at 8:13 PM on August 30, 2014


😾πŸ’₯πŸ™ˆπŸ‘»πŸ““πŸ is me because apparently no matter the social network I have to use too many characters in my handle.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 8:27 PM on August 30, 2014 [1 favorite]


I reserved the best handle of all time (πŸ„β˜οΈ) but I haven't gotten an email with a code to unlock it. πŸ’”πŸ˜Ÿ
posted by NoraReed at 8:28 PM on August 30, 2014 [2 favorites]


omg wait does this mean I can use emoji in my ask me questions now omfg
posted by Hermione Granger at 8:28 PM on August 30, 2014 [1 favorite]


πŸ› = βŒ›οΈ

πŸ™‹πŸ˜›πŸ΄ + πŸ› = πŸ˜„ or πŸ˜±πŸ˜–πŸ˜΅
posted by Hermione Granger at 8:31 PM on August 30, 2014 [5 favorites]


I'm 🎩🐷
posted by tastyhat at 8:33 PM on August 30, 2014


πŸ„β˜οΈ

I just sent a request to πŸ„β˜οΈ and it appears to be there. I didn't have to do any email thing to get my hieroglyphic name. πŸ‘‰πŸ™πŸ™πŸ‘ˆ
posted by njohnson23 at 8:34 PM on August 30, 2014


Chromoji extension.

Ah, that fixed it, thank you. 😊
posted by Jacqueline at 9:13 PM on August 30, 2014


I reserved the handle back when this was making the rounds on Twitter, not today, and have tried resetting my password, but that doesn't work, so I'm guessing I have to wait on the code. Or something. The app's doing a lot of error message flashing.
posted by NoraReed at 9:19 PM on August 30, 2014


Okay I just signed up as πŸ˜βž°πŸ’©

Someone send me some meaningful communication!
posted by aubilenon at 9:41 PM on August 30, 2014


Who's πŸŸπŸ’?

The part where you can't figure out who anybody is is kind of a problem.
posted by aubilenon at 10:05 PM on August 30, 2014


Whoever it is just sent me a recipe
posted by aubilenon at 10:08 PM on August 30, 2014


I signed up as πŸŒ²πŸ‘πŸŒŸ. I'm up for receiving some mysterious emoji messages.
posted by isthmus at 11:02 PM on August 30, 2014 [1 favorite]


Grabbing πŸ‘™βœ‚οΈ as my username is the ultra-straight-laced person's version of a wild, wild mid-life crisis.

Here on this mountaintop, oh-oh. I got some wild, wild life.

It's hip to be square.
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 11:07 PM on August 30, 2014


AFAICT this is just harmless fun. Part of me notices missing features (if you can't look up who a username belongs to, what if I forget a person->emoji mapping?) and the other part of me realizes that too much fleshing this out would ruin the fun.

I certainly hope nothing serious ever comes of this. I'm πŸ˜¬πŸ’© after all.
posted by conorh at 1:15 AM on August 31, 2014 [1 favorite]


πŸŒπŸšπŸŽ‚ (Banana Cunt Cake (I've been thinking about The Thick of It)).
posted by wrabbit at 2:06 AM on August 31, 2014 [2 favorites]


πŸ‘‰πŸ’€ is me.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 4:12 AM on August 31, 2014


I signed up as πŸŸπŸ’, the app is definitely fun for 10 or 15 minutes.
posted by foodgeek at 6:41 AM on August 31, 2014


This fills me with utterly baffled delight and I am now registered as β˜•πŸƒ.
posted by pemberkins at 6:49 AM on August 31, 2014


Can I still be Garth?
posted by Evilspork at 7:53 AM on August 31, 2014


Who's πŸŸπŸ’?

Whoever it is just sent me a recipe


That'd be me 😊
posted by foodgeek at 8:17 AM on August 31, 2014


my username is: πŸš€πŸ‘ŠπŸ‘Ί, I think... I registered a while back.
posted by bashos_frog at 10:24 AM on August 31, 2014


I wish it would let me include newlines

I know they're not emoji, but I don't care.
posted by aubilenon at 12:04 PM on August 31, 2014


I am β™ŠοΈπŸ”’πŸŽ€βœ’οΈ. Entertain me!
posted by Elementary Penguin at 2:31 PM on August 31, 2014


I totally failed when presented with an opportunity to be as creative as I liked. Oh, the total paralysis! What if my emoji wasn't witty, or gave a message I didn't understand?



So obvs, I chose this : 🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨




























I don't want to talk about it.
posted by taff at 3:06 PM on August 31, 2014


OMG! The clocks emoji give you all the letters ABCDEFGJKPTV, if you're willing to interpret them as semaphore!
posted by aubilenon at 3:28 PM on August 31, 2014


Yeah. Nah.
posted by taff at 3:36 PM on August 31, 2014


If anyone is still playing, I'm πŸ’„βž•πŸ΄
posted by Youremyworld at 8:39 PM on August 31, 2014


Is this only one to one messaging? When this first started making the rounds to reserve your username because I was under the impression that it was going to be more like twitter, but emoji only. That would be awesome.
posted by billyfleetwood at 9:15 PM on August 31, 2014 [1 favorite]


Yeah, I'm also disappointed it's not Bizarro-world-Twitter, I think that would've been used a lot more
posted by malevolent at 12:31 AM on September 1, 2014


I too thought it was going to be Twitteresque. Maybe in the future.
posted by Youremyworld at 6:04 AM on September 1, 2014


It turns out I'm really into mysterious pictogram stories. I've been sending and receiving emoji retellings of fanfics about magnifying glass (Sherlock Holmes) and toilet (John Watson) and their friends all day with another fan who turned out to be a truly brilliant emoji artist.
posted by wrabbit at 6:38 AM on September 1, 2014




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