People worldwide are flocking to social media on Monday to celebrate World Emoji Day.
The first emoji was created in the 1990s in Japan by Shigetaka Kurita. The animated features gained popularity in the U.S. when Apple released iOS 5 in 2012. iPhone users embraced the emojis on their keyboards and have been using them ever since.
The realm of emojis has evolved since the release of i0S 5. At first, users could quickly put a smiley emoji or an angry one in their text. Now, they can change the color of the emoji to fit their skin tone or choose from a variety of emojis that reflect how they're feeling.
People found interesting ways to celebrate.
Some used it as a day of discovery.
One Twitter user shared what each emoji meant to him.
Some are still confused by emojis.
Apple's Tim Cook promised some new emojis later this year.
Those enjoying the holiday can look forward to the release of "The Emoji Movie" on July 28.