Beware the Pitfalls of Emoji Use Across Platforms

Why you may not want to rely on emoji to send an entire message.

— -- Not all emoji are created equal, especially if you're messaging a friend with a different kind of phone.

While it may seem harmless, the emoji differences have the potential to cause some major confusion when messaging across platforms.

Apple’s version of the "grinning face with smiling eyes" emoji carried a slightly negative emotion overall, according to survey results. On average, respondents rated the versions from the other companies as conveying a more positive feeling, with Google's emoji averaging the highest result with slightly more than 4 points on the 5-point scale.

The lesson here: You may not want to rely on that emoji to tell the entire story.