Where does come from?
The white smiling face emoji is an old-timer, at least as far as the internet is concerned.
It originated in Unicode 1.1 in 1993 as ☺, called the white smiling face not because of skin tone but because of its white background, in contrast to ☻, or black smiling face. Internet users sometimes still use ☺ to be retro and older platforms may automatically generate ☺ if you type the smiley emoticon, :).
The white smiling face emoji evolved into the now familiar yellow-faced smiley in the 2000s, coming into wide release under Unicode 6.0 in 2010. Across platforms, the white smiling face emoji has a slightly open-mouthed smile, relaxed eyes and eyebrows, and pink cheeks, leading some to think it's flushed or blushing.
White smiling face emoji appears happier than slightly smiling face emoji, 🙂, but a bit less joyed than smiling face with smiling eyes emoji, 😊, if you're keeping track of these things.
Who uses ?
In texts and social media, the white smiling face emoji gets used to show a wide range of feelings of happiness, enjoyment, pleasure, and contentment.
Good hike ☺ pic.twitter.com/vSFRSwIBu4
— kendra nikol (@kendra_nikol) December 29, 2016
Corny 💖☺💋🌹🌸🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/0v95RL7ppV
— Nancy (@LAwmn99) December 29, 2017
Because of those cheeks, the emoji can also be used when something makes you blush.
That outfit and those nylons! I think I have a new girl crush☺☺ https://t.co/E7V23ZSElK
— cherriebubbles (@cherrieebubbles) December 29, 2017
Excitement and feeling blessed are also on the emotional palette of white smiling face emoji.
Just received my acceptance letter from the university of Windsor!!! ☺☺
— Vic (@xo_victoriaang) December 29, 2016
So is cuteness. Just look at this widdle pupper!
3 weeks old pictures ☺ pic.twitter.com/Tqw4CMh4tl
— Charlie Lipsie (@Charlielipsie) December 29, 2017
White smiling face also has its sweet side, wishing love and peace.
With a hope for JOY, FRIENDSHIP and HAPPINESS for
E V E R Y B O DY in the NEW YEAR
— Erik F V Scharstein (@ErikFVS) December 29, 2016
☺: please try to make someone smile today
@xlawrzy, December, 2017
my cats are now in competition over my lap....bless winter ☺
@xpatriciah, December, 2017
Seeing sweet elderly couples still together and in love is one of my favorite things ☺
@jessie_lambert, December, 2016