World’s First Emoji-Only Social Network Set To Launch


Find those pesky letters getting in the way of your communicating? Forming words and interpreting their meanings when adjacent to each other just too much damn work? Would you rather do bad bad things with a rusty kitchen implement than see another hashtag or unfunny meme?

Well the newest useless-but-kind-of-cool app on the block, Emojli, may be just the ticket for you.

London app developers Matt Gray and Tom Scott are the minds behind the “world’s first emoji-only social network”, with ’No words. No spam. Just emoji.’ their mantra.

“It came out of two stories: comedy social network Yo, and the Unicode consortium’s new emojis,” they explained to Forbes.

“The two of us had the idea at about the same time — we weren’t sold on it until we realized that usernames should be emoji too. At that point, we burst out laughing and realized we had to build it.”

The boys claim their app will allow you to circumvent the annoying spam and constant junk circulating on other social media networks, explaining in their promo vid:

“There is no spam. Because there isn’t any emoji for spam. There is one for aubergine…The worst message you could possibly receive? It’s a pile of poo.”

Certainly a large part of many of our daily texts, no doubt a significant amount will welcome this simplified, more graphical form of communication. Seriously, who needs words when you have emojis? Nothing says party like a flamenco dancer,  ’Let’s get fucked up’ like a big ol’ glass of red wine, or ‘You’re the shit’ like, well…

Conversations which take place solely in emojis are already extremely popular in many Asian countries – and it seems like people can’t wait to start swapping eggplants, blushing smileys and monkey faces, with upwards of 10,000 already signed up for the service set to launch on iOS “very soon”.

While you can currently only reserve your (emoji only) username for the platform and provided funding comes good, with the recent announcement that 250 more of the teeny images to be released in October (I am dying to get around ‘derelict house building’, ‘notched right semicircle with three dots’ and especially ‘man in business suit levitating’), this is could be a goldmine in the making.

Lucy Ahern isn’t great writing about herself. But third person makes everything much less pretentious, right? Lucy is a freelance writer, contributing to publications such as Attitude and Rip It Up, and is the deputy editor of fashion blog The Urban Silhouette. She loves Marieke Hardy, has a soft spot for bad puns (future warning), and will devour anything combining peanut butter and chocolate.

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