World Emoji Day 2018: Twitter, Facebook Reveal Usage Statistics, Apple Releases 70 New Emoji Characters

Apple unveils 70 new emoji characters coming later this year.


  • Cake emoji is the most used by Indians on Facebook
  • ‘Crying while laughing’ emoji is used frequently on Twitter in India
  • Apple has released custom emojis of its top management

World Emoji Day 2018, similar to each iteration since 2014, is on Tuesday, July 17. World Emoji Day was founded by Jeremy Burge, the creator of Emojipedia, which is an unofficial Wikipedia for emojis. Ever since instant messaging took over the reins of day-to-day communication, emojis or emoticons have been frequently used by people to express their feelings in a way that is comprehensible to the recipient. On the occasion, Facebook and Twitter have released statistics and infographics that reveal the volume and preferences of emojis across the world, including India. Facebook has also released two new features. Separately, Apple has released 70 new emojis in celebration of World Emoji Day, and also updated the bio photos of its leadership team with Memoji. Dating app Tinder has also released infographics for World Emoji Day, including one for India.


Facebook has introduced two new features including a camera frame and a themed text element to help users express themselves better with emoji. As per statistics revealed by Facebook, users on the social networking platform frequented the <3 heart emoji twice as much as this year compared to last year. With a total of 2,800 emojis available in Facebook’s catalogue, almost 2,300 are used every day on the platform. And, there are over 900 million instances of emoji responses, without text, on Facebook Messenger daily. More than 700 million are used on Facebook posts each day, with the biggest day being New Year’s Eve (December 31, 2017) that saw the highest amount of emojis shared on both platforms.

In India, the most popular emoji on Facebook and Facebook Messenger was the Cake emoji, which is probably used by millions of Indian Facebook users to send birthday wishes to people in their friend lists. Facebook users from the US and UK used the ‘crying while laughing’ emoji the most, also known as ‘joy’.


Even Twitter came out with its top emoji list for the period of July 2017 – June 2018. The most popular emoji on the micro-blogging platform in India is the ‘crying while laughing’ emoji. Other popular ones include the pray emoji, the smile emoji, heart emoji, fire emoji, thumbs up emoji, kiss emoji, and more. Twitter claims that it has actively introduced new thematic emojis across relevant events of culture, entertainment, sports, and news.


Apple has something in store for emoji-loving millennials. The Cupertino giant has announced 70 new emoji characters that will arrive on the Apple Watch, iPad, iPhone, and Mac later this year as part of a free software update. Created based on the latest Unicode 11.0, the new list of emojis includes characters based on animals such as a kangaroo, peacock, parrot, and lobster. Apple is also adding new food emojis for mango, lettuce, cupcake, moon cake, and other popular items. A new superhero emoji, and emojis for a softball, a nazar amulet, and an infinity symbol will also make it to Apple’s range of devices.

Apple is not stopping there. On the occasion of World Emoji Day 2018, the company has releasedcustom emojis – Memoji, or personalised Animoji – based on avatars of its top management. These include emojis for CEO Tim Cook, Chief Design Officer Jony Ive, SVP – Software Engineering Craig Federighi, and others.


Dating app Tinder has also released its infographics for World Emoji Day 2018. The most used emoji characters in profile bios in India include the ‘laughing’ emoji, the cup of coffee emoji, car emoji, dog emoji, pizza emoji, camera emoji, and more. According to Tinder, Indian users on the app make use of emojis to describe their personalities, interests, and allegiance to things like coffee and pets.

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New Suzuki Jimny: Official video shows SUV conquering TOUGH terrain

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Suzuki Motor Corporation has unveiled the all-new version of the Jimny on the Japanese market. The SUV is extremely popular around the world and is expected to replace the Maruti Suzuki Gypsy in India. Suzuki Motor Corporation has released a new Television Commercial (TVC) in English that shows the journey of a photographer.

The earlier released TVC showed the Suzuki Jimny Sierra, which is a more rugged version of the Jimny. In the new TVC video, the regular version has been shown. The TVC talks about a photographer’s hardship and how far they have to travel to get a perfect shot. It shows a photographer driving around in the all-new Jimny and talking about his photography escapades. The promotional film shows the Jimny reaching extremely tough terrains with ease.

In the Japanese Domestic Market (JDM), the Jimny is priced at 14,58,000-19,06,200 JPY (approx Rs. 9.08 lakh to Rs. 11.87 lakh) while the Jimny Sierra costs 17,60,400-20,62,800 JPY (approx Rs. 10.94 lakh to Rs. 12.82 lakh). The all-new Jimny is expected to be heavily modified before the Indian launch to make it more cost-effective. The all-new Jimny is powered by a 0.66-litre, three-cylinder engine that produces a maximum power of 64 PS and a peak torque of 96 Nm.

The Jimny Sierra gets a more powerful 1.5-litre, four-cylinder engine that churns out a maximum of 101 PS and a peak torque of 130 Nm. The all-new engine will debut on the Indian market soon with the facelifted Ciaz and the all-new Ertiga. In the JDM, both the engines are offered with a manual 5-speed transmission and a 4-speed automatic transmission. It also gets a four-wheel drive system.

The all-new Jimny is built on the HEARTECT platform, which also underpins a lot of cars in India like the all-new Swift, Dzire and the Baleno. The new boxy, straight-lined design of the Jimny gives it a very G-Wagen-inspired look. It gets a pair of round headlamps at the front with LEDs (Daytime Running Lamps). It also gets 15-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels finished in gunmetal grey. On the inside, the all-new Jimny gets a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with a new three-spoke steering wheel.

New divorce tax rules could leave you with a big financial disadvantage

The War of the Roses could continue indefinitely.

And one key deadline could force couples to come to an agreement before the end of the year.

Dec. 31, 2018 is the date by which couples need to get the terms of their divorce settled before the tax rules on alimony change, a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that was passed last year.

Under current rules, alimony payments are tax-deductible for the payor and taxable income for the payee. Once the clock strikes 2019, however, those rules no longer apply.

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This change upends alimony procedures that have been in place for more than 70 years. And it is projected to raise $6.9 billion for the IRS in the next 10 years.

Divorce professionals are feeling the heat as couples scramble to get written agreements in under the wire.

“You’ve got to have a signed agreement before the end of the year if you want your permanent support to be tax-deductible and -includable,” said Peter M. Walzer, president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

Once the page of the calendar turns to 2019, it will be a new playing field for couples who are divorcing.

And financial professionals are already concerned that deals made under the new tax law will put the person who receives alimony at a disadvantage. That means women, who are already more financially vulnerable in a divorce, might have less money to work with post-split.

High stakes

Research has found that women generally fare worse financially after a divorce. Their income typically falls by more than a fifth, while men who have children often see their earnings rise by a third, according to research by professor Stephen Jenkins of the London School of Economics.

And the stakes for women may, in the end, be even higher with the changing alimony tax rules.

Financial advisor Stacy Francis, president and CEO of Francis Financial, said she has received many calls and emails from women celebrating the change. After all, if you’re receiving $3,000 a month in alimony and that’s no longer taxable, that could be a great thing.

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However, “even though that dollar amount you receive in alimony might not be taxable to you any longer, most likely the amount that’s going to be paid to you is a whole lot less,” Francis said. “There is going to be fewer dollars available for that alimony and also child support.”

While more women today are serving as household breadwinners, and possibly paying spousal support, alimony recipients are still mostly women. Data from the 2010 Census show that of about 400,000 alimony recipients, 3 percent were men.

Once the new tax rules take effect, “women are expected to suffer most,” Francis said.

Smaller payments

One divorce calculator shows that there could be less money to go around after the new tax rules go into effect — resulting in smaller alimony payments.

That is according to Analyze My Divorce Settlement, the latest tool from Boston University economics professor Laurence Kotlikoff’s company, Economic Security Planning.

“They do have to adjust the alimony amount in light of the change in the law,” Kotlikoff said. “It can be a dramatic adjustment.”

A hypothetical scenario run through the tool takes one couple who are both 50 and living in Colorado with no children. After splitting $1.5 million in savings and selling their house for $1 million, they both rent for $2,500 a month.

The goal of their divorce is to keep their living standard equal, according to Analyze My Divorce Settlement’s assumptions. So the husband making $500,000 will pay alimony payments to the wife, who makes $50,000 a year.