FAQ: Are emoji URLs supported by every single website?
Nope. Many popular websites and services still do not support them, even if on a technical level it is fairly simple to achieve. However, the list of web services supporting emoji in URLs is growing on a daily basis!
FAQ: How can I use emoji URLs?
It depends on your operating system and browser settings . In some cases you may have to switch keyboard layouts for this function to work, e.g.: German users who want to type an emoji URL with the "US" keyboard layout selected will see square boxes instead of emojis (because that US layout does not include special characters). The same applies for other languages that require a different layout from the default English one.
FAQ: Will emoji URLs become mainstream soon?
Yes, it is already happening on some sites and apps .
What are emoji URLs? They are the same as regular web addresses (URLs), but instead of using letters they use emojis to create memorable links for social media posts or messages. Example: typing " http://www.example.com/👍🏻" will lead you to that 😎 URL's destination just like the usual "http://www.example.com/123456789".
Emoji URLs were first introduced in 1998 by Japanese mobile provider NTT Docomo ; even then – back when people still used physical keyboards – they were meant to be an easier way to type in mobile phones. Today, emoji URLs are supported by some major web services and apps , but not all of them.
FAQ: Why do web addresses consist mostly of letters?
They were created in the stone ages long before emojis came into existence . Back then there was no other way to create human-readable links linking to frequently updated pages than by using words that described their content when read out loud (and even today this is still the preferred method for websites without a constantly updating blog-like front page). If you think about it, it's actually very cumbersome if every single URL contained just numbers. Imagine typing 188.8.131.52 into your browser instead of going to Google's homepage .
FAQ: How do I type emoji URLs?
There is a long answer and a short one . The long answer, for tech-savvy people, can be found below . For everyone else, here's the quick version: on most operating systems and browsers it is very easy to type an emoji URL – you just copy and paste! Some web services disable this function by default, but you can always turn it back on using your browser settings (e.g.: in Firefox press "Alt" → "Emoji & Symbols") or by adding a plugin that supports emoji URLs (like EmojiOne ).
More questions will follow as soon as they are asked in the comment section. I will update this post to answer them all!
FAQ: What about other web services that support emoji URLs?
The list of emoji-friendly web services is growing fast ! New popular apps and websites supporting emoji URLs are added to this list on a daily basis, so bookmark it for future reference if you think your favourite site should be up there too. Chances are good that you can already access their content by using an emoji URL without even knowing it. Just try opening the URL below in your browser (or clicking on it):
(you can also view this article's source code , which contains the above link)
If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, just let me know in the comment section. I will try to answer your questions as soon as possible! If you think there is something missing from this article, please let me know. If you want to learn more about emoji URLs (like how to create them manually in your browser), please check out the full article below .
FAQ: Where can I go to find out more?
This page will be updated frequently with new information , so all updates and changes will always be reflected here. Please bookmark it for further reference! The full version of this article (for nerds and geeks) can be found at Emojipedia: Are Emoji URLs supported everywhere ? :-D
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