I don’t know about you, but I’m not a fan of emojis because they tend to downgrade your life and emotions into the two-dimensional realm of caricature.
For example, what if you posted the following on Facebook:
It saddens me to inform my friends that I’ve contracted tuberculoid leprosy and am seeking treatment at a colony in Tichilești, Romania; therefore, I will be out of commission for at least six months. Thoughts and prayers appreciated.
Chances are you’d receive a number of these signifiers,
and because sympathy is being transmitted via a cartoon, your actual plight as a recently diagnosed leper is cheapened.
On the other hand, given that tone is sometimes difficult to gauge in texts and social media, a winking emoji can mean the difference between a LOL and a FOAD. So I’ve come up with what I consider a middle way, and I know you entrepreneurs out there in cyberspace will want to get into this enterprise at ground zero.
Let me show you what I’m talking about. Okay, let’s start with the two text-acronyms mentioned above, LOL and FOAD.
Rather than the typical hysterically laughing cartoon sun, you could provide this image instead:
But maybe you’re not all that amused.
Or you don’t find it amusing at all.
How about this one for FOAD
My most used emoji is the irony identifying wink.
Okay, let’s go back to the original premise:
It saddens me to inform my friends that I’ve contracted tuberculoid leprosy and am seeking treatment at a colony in Tichilești, Romania and therefore will be out of commission for at least six months.
or sending thoughts
Of course, I’m not computer wizard. Some one with some programming skills could do a lot better, so hey, entrepreneurs, let’s get on it.
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