Face palm: When the emoji you want doesn’t exist


Do you have a favourite emoji? Maybe it’s the wink or the face rolling around with tears of laughter. Perhaps if you’re feeling slightly more sardonic, it’s the smiling face with jazz hands.

With more than 3,000 to choose from, there are plenty of options.

But what happens when the one emoji you want isn’t there?

Rachel Murphy works at DroneUp, a drone services company based in Virginia Beach in the United States.

“Every day I’m writing tweets, I’m making posts, and my kneejerk reaction is to get people excited by including an emoji,” she says.

But the absence of a drone symbol on the list means Rachel has been forced to use the helicopter or flying saucer instead.

“Those really don’t cover what a drone is, and they don’t really act as an adequate replacement for it.”

Rachel started researching who controls emojis and how she can get a drone added to the official list of characters, which is updated every year or so.

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