New emojis on the way. Plus, the 9 most-liked Instagram snaps

  • Published 10.02.18


By the end of 2018, there is a slim chance that we may trade in the written word for hieroglyphics! Unicode Consortium, a group that helps make open standards to allow people to use computers around the world, has announced that 157 new emojis will join the 2,666 already in existence when the Unicode 11.0 standard is released in June. Wow! 

First, a clarification. The 157 new characters include variations in skin tones. The number of new characters is 77. The new stash will include new hairstyles for men and women, including red-haired, curly-haired, white-haired and bald. 

In the animals category, we may get access to a peacock, a badger, a hippo, a swan, a kangaroo, a llama, a parrot, a lobster and a mosquito. 

What about food emojis? Get ready for mango, leafy greens, a bagel, a moon cake, a cupcake and a salt shaker.

Also coming your way are science-related emojis, which include a lab coat, goggles, a magnet, a test tube, a petri dish, a microbe and a strand of DNA. 

Then there are those which cannot be categorised, like a pirate flag, a roll of toilet paper, a receipt, a firecracker, a suitcase and a jigsaw puzzle piece. 

But remember, not all emojis may get selected immediately for iOS and Android devices. It’s up to individual manufacturers and software makers to integrate the finalised versions of code into their respective software.

What are the two emojis on your demand list?


Instagram has over 800 million active users and over 40 billion photos (and counting) have been shared on the site so far. With Kylie Jenner’s baby announcement officially becoming the most-liked post on Instagram, let’s look at the nine most-liked Instagram pictures (we haven’t included Kylie’s announcement of her daughter’s birth as it contained only text; the post has picked up 10.3m likes).

February 6, 2018: Kylie Jenner published the first photograph of her baby, Stormi. 
November 12, 2017: Ronaldo announces his fourth child. 11.3m likes
February 1, 2017: Beyonce’s lavish photo announcing she was pregnant with twins. 11.2m likes
September 14, 2017: Selena Gomez announced she had undergone a kidney transplant. 10.4m likes
July 14, 2017: Beyonce’s first picture of her twins, Sir Carter and Rumi. 10.3m likes
December 20, 2017: Khloe Kardashian posted a picture of her baby bump. 8.8m likes
January 7, 2018: Selena Gomez’s photo of her visit to her childhood home. 
January 7, 2018: Justin Bieber shows off his tattoos. 8.4m likes
December 7, 2017: Ronaldo appears with his fifth Ballon d’Or. 8.2m likes