World Emoji Day celebrates emojis, grabs attention from fans and brands

Whether you know it or not, yesterday was a very important day in the world of the tiny, whimsical characters that you may use in texts and messages daily—it was World Emoji Day!

Since 2014, July 17 (the date displayed on the Apple iOS edition of the calendar emoji) has been designated as the day to celebrate the digital image lexicon. Jeremy Burge, the founder of emoji encyclopedia Emojipedia, started the holiday and has since witnessed its growth with companies, celebrities and social media.

“Even though people use emojis every day, it’s fun having a day to celebrate everything we like about them,” he said.

To reflect on this year’s celebration, listen as Burge discusses World Emoji Day’s beginnings and growth with Three Broke Mice’s Kara Tabor.

To learn more about the emoji craze and how business interests are cashing in, listen to the newest episode of the Three Broke Mice podcast.

Three Broke Mice is a podcast that explores money issues, economics and culture and is hosted by Kara Tabor. It is produced in collaboration with the KBIA and Missouri Business Alert newsrooms.

Keep posted each week for new stories and segments from Three Broke Mice, and feel free to give us your feedback here on Missouri Business Alert, on and on Three Broke Mice’s Facebook and Twitter pages. Email us at

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