One of the big announcements that came out of Google I/O this year was Google Hangouts. Google Hangouts aims to create a seamless communication experience between the mobile, web, and desktop platforms. Whether you are on your computer, your Android device, or an iOS device, you can start or continue previous conversations all within Google Hangouts.
One of the things that got us excited at the Cypress North office was the inclusion of emojis in Google Hangouts. Having a serious conversation about software development or marketing cannot be complete without at least one emoji. As soon as Google Hangouts was released to the public, the first thing we did was start a group chat with everyone in the office. I don’t know if a single character was typed, but there were plenty of emojis to go around.
Google claims that Hangouts has over 800 emoji. As soon as our emoji conversation started, I was confused, and puzzled by some of the symbols. So much so, that I thought I would take the time to mention the top 5 emoji that confused us all the most, and see if there is any consensus on what these emoji are or what they mean. Let’s get started.
Our guess: This is the emoji that started my questioning. This is a single emoji, not two next to each other. We understand what this is. It’s a lock and a pen.
My questions: Why is there a lock next to a pen? Lock pen? Pen lock? What?
Our guess: This is clearly a traffic crossing-guard eating takeout food.
My questions: What is the crossing-guard eating? What intersection is this crossing-guard at (so I know not to cross there)?
Our guess: We understand the “at” symbol (@), the eighth note symbol (♪), and the percent sign (%), but we are not sure what the top left symbol is.
My questions: Why are these symbols grouped together? What is the connection? What does this emoji mean?
Our guess: A Playboy bunny?
My questions: Really? If this is meant to represent anything else, what could that possibly be?
Our guess: Tiffany claims, with a very a strong conviction, that this emoji is a bamboo whistle. The rest of us are not so certain.
My questions: Seriously, what is this thing? How does it work? Where is it from?
If you can help us understand what these emojis are or what they mean, please let us know in the comments below. Jessica has high hopes for this article: