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๐Ÿ‘ - thumbs up emoji

or thumbs-up emoji or thumbs up emoji or Thumbs Up Sign or like emoji or yes emoji

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What doesย ๐Ÿ‘ mean?

The thumbs-up emoji is used to express assent, approval, or encouragement in digital communications, especially in Western cultures.

Where does ๐Ÿ‘ - thumbs up emoji come from?

Officially called the Thumbs Up Sign, the thumbs-up emoji also goes by the like or yes emoji. It debuted as a yellow hand as part of Unicode 6.0 in 2010, becoming available in a variety of skin colors in 2015. On many platforms, including Appleโ€™s, the default thumbs-up emoji is yellow and left-handed, showing the palm and folded fingers; Facebookโ€™s is right-handed, as it happens, displaying the back of the hand. Two platforms, HTC and Mozilla, feature a default thumbs-up emoji in a white skin tone.

The thumbs-up emoji draws on a long history of the thumbs-up gesture. In many Western countries, the thumbs-up, as a physical sign, indicates approval or acknowledgement. The origin of the gesture is obscure. Itโ€™s often popularly attributed to a gesture spectators would give if they wanted a gladiator to spare a foeโ€™s life in ancient Rome. However, the thumbs-up has also been speculated to originate in deal-making in the Middle Ages, with two parties agreeing to an arrangement by licking their thumbs and then pressing them together. As a metaphorical term, we can find thumbs-up in writing in the early 20th century.

Before the release of the thumbs-up emoji in 2010, websites like MSN Messenger, Facebook, and YouTube in the 2000s had been using a thumbs-up icon on their website for โ€œlikingโ€ a comment or content.

Who uses ๐Ÿ‘ - thumbs up emoji?

In some cultures, including Australia, Greece, and the Middle East, the thumbs-up gesture can be considered obscene, equivalent to โ€œUp yours!โ€

In many Western cultures, the thumbs-up emoji enjoys a wide range of use in text messages, social-media posts, and other forms of digital communication. On its own, a thumbs-up emoji can indicate โ€œOKโ€ or โ€œGot it.โ€ For example, if one person asked to meet another at 2:30, the other person could acknowledge the appointment with a thumbs-up emoji. The thumbs-up emoji also frequently punctuates text, sometimes in strings for additional emphasis, to indicate positivity, agreement, approval, encouragement, or assurance, an equivalent to โ€œAwesome!โ€ or Great job!โ€. Someone might comment โ€œThat looks great! ๐Ÿ‘โ€ to celebrate a piece of online artwork. Another person might post โ€œPlease subscribe to my channel if you like my content! ๐Ÿ‘โ€ to solicit support or to say thanks.

As with much of language, the thumbs-up emoji can also be used sarcastically: โ€œWay to ruin the party ๐Ÿ‘.โ€ Itโ€™s also sometimes used in reference to the โ€œThis guyโ€ meme (e.g., โ€œWhoโ€™s got two thumbs and a ticket to the premiere of Black Panther? This guyโ€).

For example

We got you covered ๐Ÿ‘

HuffPost, (Facebook), August, 2017

Keep your eyes open and your feet moving forward,you will find what you need in life...๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

@jay_clinx, March, 2018

Nottingham Arts Theatre is open its doors to the homeless again tonight from 8 p.m. They will take dogs. Please share ๐Ÿ‘

@BilboroughDrama, March, 2018

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