☮ Craigslist Emojis

What is the significance of the Emoji

Craigslist EmojisNot so long ago Emojis were shunned by Google. However, the new mobile craze and the millennials adoption of the Emoji language forced them to reconsider how they approach this topic. Following Google’s statistical evaluations, it was deemed that millennials speak Emoji fluently, and are more likely to interact with a title or link if it has the Emoji graphics attached. Emoji domains are also becoming a thing. Some of us old timer geeky Craigslisters knew this from the beginning, and have been using them in Craigslist all along. Here is the list of Emojis that you can use in your websites, links and Craigslist posts and titles. Word to the wise, google knows which Emojis you are using and if they are in context or not by comparing their use to the content of the page, and will grade their relevance accordingly.

Using Emojis in Craigslist Posts or HTML Pages:

To use emojis in HTML (skip this step for Craigslist Posts), the first thing we need to do is set the document’s character encoding to UTF-8. This ensures our emojis display consistently across the variety of browsers and devices your users may be running. Doing this is simple. Inside your head tag, be sure to specify the following meta tag, and remove any conflicting similar tags.

Once you’ve done this, now comes the fun part of actually getting an emoji to display. You have two ways of being able to do this, each with a varying degree of funness. One way is by using the emoji directly in your HTML. The other way is by specifying the emoji via its primitive numerical representation. We’ll look at both of these cases.

Using the Emoji Directly:

The easiest way to display an emoji involves simply copying and pasting. You just need an app or web site that allows you to copy emojis in their native, character form. You can use our list below to search or browse for any unicode supported emoji that exists. Once you’ve found your emoji(s), select and copy the emoji from the browser category.

Once you have copied it, just paste it in its intended destination within your markup or post: ?

Since emojis are treated as text-based content, you can paste them almost anywhere in documents where text is supported. Your traditional text-only environment where you’ve posted ads or written your markup will suddenly have something visual in it. Before we wrap our look at emojis in HTML and Craigslist Posts, let’s mention accessibility. Emojis are visual artifacts, but they are represented as text within the code using elements like p and span that are semantically ambiguous in this case. Screen readers and related tools may not interpret what the emoji is trying to signify properly, so we can give them a little help. To display emojis in an accessibility friendly way (good for SEO & blind people), set the role and aria-label attributes on the element that you are using to represent your emoji: <p role=”image” aria-label=”jack-o-lantern”>?</p>

Specifying the Emoji Codepoint:

If specifying the emoji directly doesn’t work, there is a less fun path you can take. You can use the emoji’s numerical representation and specify it in your markup instead. If you scroll down this page for an emoji, you’ll see the numerical representation (more formally known as a codepoint) displayed. For the jack-o-lantern emoji, the codepoint is U+1F383. To specify this emoji in HTML using the codepoint, we have to modify the value a bit. Swap the U+1 from the beginning of the codepoint with &#x, and you have the codepoint for posts or html that does not accept the graphical version as input due to the encoding of certain webpages. Here is our jack-o-lantern emoji in codepoint form: <p>&#x1F383</p>

When you preview your document or post in your browser, you’ll see that your browser has rendered the jack-o-lantern emoji correctly…despite it looking strange in our markup compared to the copy/paste graphical method we looked at earlier.

This is the emoji list, version 11:

Do you get tired of surfing endless sites looking for new emojis? Us too; so we made this current list of all of the most common ones. Use the find feature of your browser to type in what you are looking for, there are over 1600 of them in this list, but they are labeled (skin tone duplicates are not in this list). Use the instructions above to implement these into your Craigslist posts, either method works; copy / paste the graphic, or by codepoint. You can open this list in a full page here if you like. We also have an Emoji Keyboard plugin that works within our supported version of Firefox members can install from our Bonus Software page.

You can find some further history of the Emoji in this wikipedia article.