Where does come from?
The desktop computer emoji was approved in 2014 under Unicode 7.0.
Its appearance somewhat varies across platforms, as vendors like Apple and Facebook just show a computer monitor while others like Google and WhatsApp add a keyboard—presumably so users won't confuse it with a TV, we guess. Microsoft's design is more old-school (or office-y), showing a computer tower.
The desktop computer emoji is definitely not to be confused with the laptop emoji, 💻. Emoji parts, including keyboard ⌨ and mouse 🖱, sold separately.
Who uses ?
In many cases, the desktop computer emoji is used as reference to a generic piece of computer hardware or the internet.
— ғaᴛᴋɪᴅᴄᴏᴏʟ (@fatkidcool) June 28, 2017
— Matthijs Pontier (@Matthijs85) June 28, 2017
Some people even use the desktop computer emoji for the actual desktop monitor element of their computer setup, especially an older computer that dates back to the Land Before Laptops. We applaud them for their nostalgic precision.
Social-media users, bloggers, and forum posters might ask you to visit their websites, then cap it all off with the desktop computer emoji.
— EclecticEccentricity (@EEJewellery) September 28, 2017
Gamers are pretty familiar with the desktop computer emoji as well. It's often used by gamers themselves to show off a sick gaming setup, often with multiple monitors, or by companies selling such products.
— ɴᴏsᴋɪɪ (@YaBoyNoskii) March 24, 2017
Graphic-design artists working with digital photo, video, and illustration software are quick to use the desktop computer emoji to show off their art in the same way that a painter might use the artist palette emoji or paintbrush emoji. The computer is their medium!
Really crazy going through my old art from 2007 (8th grade). I'm glad I discovered Photoshop and Illustrator at such a young age. I'm lucky enough to know what I wanted to do with my life since middle school. 🖥🎨 pic.twitter.com/8oavS3nd2Z
— Brandon Spahn (@Spahny11) May 16, 2018
And, if you want to catch a game or show but can't make it to the venue, just look out for the desktop computer emoji in social-media posts letting you know when to tune in to the livestream.
Game time is set!
🔜 First pitch at 10:47 pm
📍 Russo Park
— Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns® Baseball (@RaginCajunsBSB) May 25, 2018
Apple's iMac Pro has arrived, and it’s a love letter to developers #apple #tech #🖥
@techcrunch, Instagram, December, 2017
Anyone want a game on FIFA18 PS4 🎮 🖥 angusgunn01 ➕
@AngusGunn01, May, 2018
Opened and fixed a Logitech mouse all by myself. / Now I feel nostalgic about the days we used to assemble our own computers! / 💻🖥 / ⌨🖱
@abogawat, February, 2017