Did you know emojis have been around since 1999?

By Raisa Bruner
July 17, 2017

This content originally appeared on Time.

Emoji may not have replaced text just yet, but they are getting closer: the pictorial icons have revolutionized digital communication since becoming a fixture of the iOS keyboard in 2011, and adopted by most other platforms soon after.

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Monday July 17 marks the fourth annual celebration of the pictographic language with World Emoji Day. And with 2017 also heralding events like the introduction of expanded human emoji and the premiere of the Emoji Movie, it looks like emojis are truly coming of age.

Here are 7 things to know about Emojis on their special day:

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