Previously, previously, previously, previously.
I assume :poop: is counted under "happy faces".
OK, I'm a bit confused. I've been on the internets for some time now, and know the meaning of a wide range of emoticons. But emojis seem weird, in that I can't imagine the circumstances that most of them might be needed under.
For instance, the plain "gun" emoji. Why? What does it mean? I could see the use and meaning for a "gun firing in the air" emoji ("fuck yeah! Woo!"), but a plain gun?
There are lists of emoticons and what they represent/mean all over the web, but I can't find a similar basic list for emojis. I can find lists of what the emoji's names are ("pistol", "guardsman", "japanese ogre") and a bit of extended background on what they represent, but none of them list what it means to send someone that emoji. Why would you send a "guardsman"? I saw a guardsman today? I feel like I'm guarding some metaphorical shit? I'm starting my shift being a security guard soon and have to go? Ditto japansese ogre. Does that list exist? (Where?)
And "eggplant"? WTF? I had to look this one up, and found out it gets used because it looks like a dick. Well, I thought, why not just use a dick emoji? It turns out there isn't one! (Or I can't find it) There's all these weird fucking emojis, and no dick emoji? But there's an eggplant? What was the meaning of the eggplant, before it got repurposed into a dick? Why would someone introduce a gorram eggplant into the set of emojis in the first place? And if people want to send a dick, why don't they just fall back to a good old-fashioned emoticon dick instead? 8====D
A lot of them seem to be "hey, let's throw in vector versions of every printed sign ever!"
The emoji inventory, as the name implies, was developed in Japan. It’s the result of a bunch of different vendors supplying various symbols for their customers, then standardizing the existing inventories across platforms.
TL;DR: Because Japan.