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Google Salad Emoji Is Now Vegan: Why Do We Care?

written by Quinzel Lee June 16, 2018
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Spoiler alert: We don’t. But hey, it got you to smile didn’t it? I never thought I’d see the day when “Google Salad Emoji” would end up in a news headline. Yet here we are.

Some backstory on this. The original Google Salad Emoji featured eggs, tomato, and lettuce in a bowl. But then, a change happened. After an update, suddenly there were more eggs and the salad had only *gasp* tomatoes and lettuce.

Google UX Manager, Jennifer Daniel, took to Twitter to sarcastically explain the change.

First of all, Jennifer’s humor is right on point. I really just want her to be my BFF at this point.

But just in case you took her tweet seriously, no, it doesn’t have anything to do with diversity and inclusion. It has everything to do with with a governing body known as Unicode Consortium.

They are an organization that sets the standard for Unicode across all platforms, including emojis. Think of them as the Dark Overlord of making executive decisions on emojis.

Still with me? Great!

So here’s the kicker, the Unicode Consortium decides what kind of emoji you have access to. For example a gun emoji. However, across different platforms, that specific program can determine how that emoji should look. This is why the gun emoji on Apple is a squirt gun while Microsoft actually shows a pistol as their gun emoji.

Same with the Google Salad Emoji. The Unicode consortium determines that you get a salad emoji. Google gets to determine how it looks.

So…what does that have to do with the Vegan Salad Debacle of 2018? Well, take everything you learned about the Unicode Consortium so far and check out her follow up tweet.

So all that hoopla just to stay uniform with the Emoji Overl- I mean, the Unicode Consortium. As silly as it may sound, it’s pretty interesting to learn what processes are behind the creation of a simple emoji.

What do you guys think of Jennifer’s Google Salad Emoji tweet? What would YOU say in response to her tweet? Leave us a comment and bring dressing for your salad!

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