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Bing Adds Emoji Support In English Search

     
6:42 pm on Oct 28, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Emoji is commonplace, and Bing now has added support for search in English, for meanings and multi-word search. Neat, eh!

Today, we are announcing the support of emoji characters in Bing search in all English markets. With this new feature, you can search using your favorite emoji, and Bing will return results based on the semantic meaning of the emoji.Bing Adds Emoji Support In English Search [blogs.bing.com]
But emoji search on Bing can be even more powerful than just finding out an emojiís meaning. You can combine them to create more multi-word searches.
1:12 am on Oct 29, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Oy vey.

What's next, hieroglyphics so I can search on the latest edicts from the Pharaoh?

Better yet, cuneiform!
1:25 am on Oct 29, 2014 (gmt 0)

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What's next, hieroglyphics so I can search on the latest edicts from the Pharaoh?

You can do that right now if you're content with an exact-match search. One of the newer unicode releases included a huge slab of hieroglyphics. Searching in languages the search engine doesn't know* is an entertaining and educational exercise unto itself; I've had occasion to do it often over the years.

:: quick detour to bing to confirm that they handle unknown languages the same way g does ::

Cuneiform is a writing type, not a single script. I wouldn't trust a search engine to guess which language I had in mind, considering the way they deal with mixed-language pages even in Roman script.


* Unless it's a Boring Old Poop search engine like Yandex that simply doesn't index unknown languages.
2:49 pm on Oct 29, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Not sure of the use of searching via emoji - possibly to help emotional analysis using the emoticon subset?

"hotel name :)" good vs "hotel name :(" bad

Slightly off topic - Chrome is the only major browser to not support native emojii display [en.wikipedia.org...] (on the latest version) - if only they'd add support there, and end the cludgy gif replacement scripts...