Twitter today rolled out emoji support for gendered emojis seen most recently in iOS 10, as well as emoji 32 new professions in female and male variants. These include scientist, farmer, health worker, and teacher.
These additions are all part of Twemoji 2.2.
It should be noted that gendered emojis and emoji professions both have a draft status at Unicode, and as such these should be treated with caution.
Names and/or sequences could change before Emoji 4.0 is considered final.
This results in a total of 33 female and 33 male versions of existing emojis1.
Most importantly, support for these characters in Twemoji ensures that gendered emojis sent from iOS appear as intended on Twitter, rather than as a base emoji + female/male sign.
Emoji 4.0 includes a number of updates, with the most prominent one being new professions - each which have a male and female variant.
Initially started as a proposal by Google, the exact list has been undergoing changes throughout 2016, and is expected to be finalised in November.
The draft profession list is what Twitter appears to be using, which includes all of the following sequences:
- 👩🎨 Female Artist
- 👨🎨 Male Artist
- 👩🚀 Female Astronaut
- 👨🚀 Male Astronaut
- 👩🍳 Female Cook
- 👨🍳 Male Cook
- 👩🏭 Female Factory Worker
- 👨🏭 Male Factory Worker
- 👩🌾 Female Farmer
- 👨🌾 Male Farmer
- 👩🚒 Female Firefighter
- 👨🚒 Male Firefighter
- 👩⚕️ Female Health Worker
- 👨⚕️ Male Health Worker
- 👩⚖️ Female Judge
- 👨⚖️ Male Judge
- 👩🔧 Female Mechanic
- 👨🔧 Male Mechanic
- 👩💼 Female Office Worker
- 👨💼 Male Office Worker
- 👩✈️ Female Pilot
- 👨✈️ Male Pilot
- 👩🔬 Female Scientist
- 👨🔬 Male Scientist
- 👩🎤 Female Singer
- 👨🎤 Male Singer
- 👩🎓 Female Student
- 👨🎓 Male Student
- 👩🏫 Female Teacher
- 👨🏫 Male Teacher
- 👩💻 Female Technologist
- 👨💻 Male Technologist
Symbols which are used in the emoji profession sequences also show as fully-fledged emoji characters in Twemoji 2.2:
A number of emojis have undergone changes in this release, mostly in keeping with Apple's design updates.
Twitter appears to be attempting to keep its open source set of emoji graphics somewhat in step with Apple - more in intention than design, but you'll see what I mean from the changes here:
- 😁 Grinning Face With Smiling Eyes
- 🙄 Face With Rolling Eyes
- 😲 Astonished Face
View the full list of emojis that changed in Twemoji 2.2 (some of them more subtly than others!)
A tip if you don't already know, tap / click an image on Emojipedia to roll out the version history:
Now available on platforms that support Twemoji. This includes Twitter.com for desktop browsers, and will also roll out to TweetDeck in a future release.
These emoji updates are in draft status at Unicode, and as such may change when Emoji 4.0 is released in November 2016.
Plus 33 "base" emojis which are the "base" characters. These appear male or female, so effectively duplicate one or the other of the new emoji sequences for gender. ↩