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Bring back the original "Grinning Face With Smiling Eyes" emoji to iOS

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Everyone loved the previous "Grinning Face With Smiling Eyes" emoji. It was ambiguous enough to connect it with different emotions and sweet enough to make you say anything without being slapped in the face afterwards. A perfect combination of shame and joy.

As Slate put it: During the golden era of emoji, we used their flexibility to transmit hard-to-articulate emotional nuggets of significance. Take, for example, that weird indistinguishable grin-grimace emoji: [no emoji support at change.org]. According to emojitracker.com, it’s the 15th most popular emoji on Twitter. Its slightly-guilty-slightly-pleased-slightly-embarrassed-but-still-excited expression made it a favorite, I suspect, because we often experience this dynamic maelstrom of feelings in real life. Like when you ask someone for a big, irritating favor that will also deepen the intimacy of your bond. Like asking a new friend to borrow their car for a weekend. Or asking your boss to let you leave early to go to a concert. A lot of asks occur, for better or worse, over text, and the grin-grimace was a trusty analog for this complex shame-joy we experience.

Humanity needs this emoji. Period. Once again I quote the article from Slate: Apple's designers fundamentally misunderstood what made emoji great. This is the death of emoji, or at least the beginning of the end. RIP little friends.

Amen to that.



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