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Will the law accept emojis with a thumbs up?

Emojis, the ever-expanding range of pictorial icons used to supplement text messages and social media posts, are entering workplace vocabulary.

10 August 2015

Is it time for lawyers to embrace text speak or should our offices be emoji exempt?

You may be surprised by news that 76 per cent of US workers use little faces (among other icons) in their day-to-day work-related emails. This is at odds with the formal business communications many of us will typically receive to our desktops. That’s not to say we aren’t familiar with the occasional smiley face, but they are by no means commonplace. In a legal environment it seems unlikely that emojis will form part of our working lives, but the same thing was said about Twitter.

The rise of the emoji has been fuelled by the smart phone and social media revolution. Short messages can be insufficient to allow us to fully express ourselves, hence the move to visualising our expressions.

Social media platforms such as Snapchat and WhatsApp and the wide availability of wireless networks have made the sending of photo and picture messages simple and affordable. A...

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