What is the first emoji?
The first emoji was probably the smiley face from the 1970s, but The earliest known mobile phone in Japan to include a set of emoji was released by J-Phone on November 1, 1997. The set of 90 emoji included many that would later be added to the Unicode Standard.
The first emoji were created in 1999 by Japanese artist Shigetaka Kurita. Kurita worked on the development team for “i-mode,” an early mobile internet platform from Japan's main mobile carrier, DOCOMO. The first emoji was a smiley.
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