Where does come from?
Rooted in the idea of “give me ten!” (slapping your two palms against someone else’s), the raising hands emoji was originally approved as part of Unicode 6.0 in 2010 under the name “Person Raising Both Hands in Celebration.” This wooot-filled emoji was added to Emoji 1.0 in 2015.
Who uses ?
Two raised hands are often used to signal a “congratulations!” or “we did it!”
The raised hands emoji then is used in posts and texts that relate to a victorious personal moment, a sports win, or a moment of pride.
— Chelsea FC Women (@ChelseaFCW) October 31, 2018
Del Boy or Phantom of the Pitch?
— Xavier Men's Soccer (@XavierMSOC) October 31, 2018
It’s used to express solidarity and approval:
— Sarah (@SaizydNUFC) October 31, 2018
— Kepa17 (@Kepa171) October 31, 2018
It’s also used in moments of anticipation and inspiration:
The weekend is almost here! 🙌 Who's already dreaming of that perfect track? pic.twitter.com/yIFk6cV6d6
— MXstore Australia (@MXstore) October 31, 2018
The raised hands emoji is often paired with the clapping hands and other emoji to show approval and pride in someone else’s work, as though you’re giving them a double-high-five, a.k.a. high-ten:
I highly agree!! So brilliant 👏👏👏👏👏🙌❤️ https://t.co/OuOhVu84RA
— Travel Earth (@CutieliciousP) October 31, 2018
So cool! I haven't seen that before! Now I'm inspired for next year. 🙌🙌 Thank you! https://t.co/GzPRsk3vIx
— Patty Jenkins (@PattyJenks) October 31, 2018
And occasionally, it’s used in a way to express more spiritual sentiments:
— Météo Pyrénées (@Meteo_Pyrenees) October 31, 2018