Enter the hidden world of emoji gatekeepers
Have you ever scanned through your emoji keyboard desperately seeking a way to express debilitating existential angst or the bittersweet anxiety of fledgling romance?
Well, rest assured that somewhere out there, a team of professionals is working on it.
q tech columnist Clive Thompson joins Shad to discuss the hidden world of the Unicode Consortium, the elite group that oversees the creation and circulation of new emojis. Turns out the consortium must grapple with quality controls, passionate complaints, and competing projects — like encoding rare alphabets and addressing the needs of the emoji-less population.
The consortium is expected to come out with their 2016 approved list of standardized emojis in June.