How to use society's most neglected emoji
Not everything can be ?.
At the bottom of the emoji hierarchy lie the derelicts: the mountain cableway, the baggage claim icon, a bunch of squares with letters in them. It might seem impossible to lift these poor guys out of obscurity, but they're actually full of untapped potential. Kind of.
There's already a thriving, if small, community dedicated to recognizing neglected emoji, including the Twitter bot @leastUsedEmoji, which tracks the emoji with the fewest uses on Twitter. Right now, the least used emoji is "input symbol for Latin letters (?)," which is a blue square with lowercase 'abc' on it. Before that, the least used emoji was "non-potable water symbol (?)," and before that, it was briefly "input symbol for Latin capital letters (?)."
Using the website emojitracker, which monitors real-time emoji use on Twitter, we assembled a sad team of neglected emoji. If you're feeling generous, here are a few ways you might use them.
1. Input symbols for Latin letters ???
There are several "input symbol for Latin letters" emoji, including both uppercase and lowercase versions and one that says "abc" instead of "abcd." Hardly anyone uses any of them.
According to Emojipedia, these emoji signify the keys on a keyboard (or icon on, say, your phone, Apple TV, or Roku) that toggle between uppercase and lowercase letters. If you're not talking about one of those keys, there isn't much use for them. Maybe throw one in if you're telling someone how much you love Sesame Street?
You could also make a sheriff out of them.
2. Non-potable water symbol ?
This symbol refers to water that is not safe to drink. Consider printing out an enormous version of it to display at your campsite. If anyone understood what it meant, it would also be a good way to tell someone their tweets are bad, and not fit for consumption.
You could also create a non-potable water sheriff.
3. "Do not litter" symbol ?
Use this emoji if you want to remind people not to litter, lest they be arrested by the litter sheriff. Due to our dying planet, we are surprised this emoji is not more popular. Let's give it the boost it deserves.
4. Passport control ?
If you are traveling internationally, send a few of these off at the checkpoint. (Don't.) Alternatively, consider tweeting out a passport control sheriff.
5. Mountain railway ?
Mountain railroad YouTube is the best kind of YouTube, and you should watch it. If someone asks you what you are doing while you're watching mountain railroad YouTube, you are legally required to respond with the mountain railway emoji. That's right; it's the law. (It's not.)
"All aboard." — the mountain railway sheriff.
6. Mountain cableway ?
If you are afraid of heights and riding a mountain cableway, it might be nice to get on Twitter and tweet a bunch of these instead of looking down.
Zero people have faved this mountain cableway sheriff.
7. Card index ?
This is a fun one. The Apple version of the emoji features contact details for "John Appleseed," which Apple uses all the time for product launches and announcements. You might find it useful if you have a healthy Rolodex and want to make that part of your personality.
Is this sheriff's name John Appleseed, too?
8. Baggage claim ?
You know you get bored waiting at baggage claim! Complain about how long you've been there using this emoji. Will it help? No.
But this guy might.
9. 12:30 ?
This is a good emoji to use when it's 12:30. You might also consider making a sheriff.
10. Monorail ?
Being on a monorail is very exciting, so it's understandable no one remembers to use the monorail emoji while they're on a monorail. Break the cycle of exclusion by using the monorail emoji the next time you're at Disney World or on the way to the airport.
via Mashable http://bit.ly/2DCFv97
February 1, 2019 at 10:15AM