2022 U.S. Emoji Trend Report [Content Made Simple]
Issue #281: Reels are failing, misquoting Winnie the Pooh, and more.
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The Future of Creativity: 2022 U.S. Emoji Trend Report reveals insights on emoji use for 💼, 🥰 and more 👀
If you’ve ever experienced an anxiety spike after receiving a text message without an emoji, you’re not alone. It comes as no surprise, then, that the vast majority (91 percent) of those surveyed use emoji to bring levity to conversations. There’s nothing more effective than a well-timed 😂, 👍, ❤️, 🤣, 😢 — the five most popular emoji in the U.S. These playful pictographs even have the ability to boost our overall mental health, as stated by more than half (60 percent) of the survey participants.
This is an interesting report on the trends around one of the most pervasive new features digital communications has brought into our lives: the emoji!
THE TRIVIA QUESTION
The Emmys were this week. How many Emmys did Steve Carrell win for his work on The Office?
Answer is linked at the bottom.
HITTING THE LINKS
Link #1: Leaked Report From Instagram Claims 'Most Reels Users Have No Engagement Whatsoever'
Crazy stats here.
The Journal reported that users are spending less than 17.6 million hours a day getting their fix of Reels. Meanwhile, TikTok users spend 197.8 million hours on the short-form video centric platform, 10 times as much as those watching on Meta’s apps.
And the company is reportedly putting a big part of the blame on its lack of content creators and influencers making use of Reels. Of the 11 million users named creators on Instagram in the U.S., just 2.3 million post each month, according to the WSJ citing internal documents.
Link #2: Twitter ‘lacked the ability to hunt for foreign intelligence agents,’ says whistleblower
Not great, Bob.
Opening questions from Sens. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) quickly homed in on claims that Twitter faced numerous insider threats, including from employees of the Indian government. Zatko said that the Indian government was not the only national government to embed agents within the company. At least one Chinese spy was employed by Twitter, Zatko said, but the full extent to which the company was compromised could not be known.
“We simply lacked the ability to hunt for foreign intelligence agents and expel them on our own,” he said.
Link #3: Misquoting Winnie the Pooh
This is so interesting! And not the least bit surprising!
Certain famous figures are magnets for misattributions; savvy readers have learned to be wary of pearls of wisdom credited to Albert Einstein, The Dalai Lama or Abraham Lincoln. Among the wrongly-credited great minds of our time, though, one figure stands tall (and round) among them: Winnie the Pooh.
Searching for “pooh quotes” on Google reveals a collage of image macros, a stunning variety of ugly fonts beside iconic representations of the Best Bear in All the World in various saintly poses, laughing or smiling or holding his hands in prayer.
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