File this one under “things you never knew that you needed:” Philadelphia now has its own set of Emojis. The popular ideograms are used for everything from text conversations to Facebook posts to Instagram shares. Normal Emojis include every type of smiley imaginable, astrological signs, national flags, weather icons, and even a (virally popular) poop logo. Now, the City of Brotherly Love has a set of Emojis that represent things that people commonly associate with Philadelphia.
Have you ever felt the need to text someone with a cheesesteak Emoji? Well, now you’ll have the chance. Visit Philadelphia unrolled the Philadelphia Emoji Keyboard today, saying, “The keyboard gives travelers and locals a new, creative way to talk about Philly in their private, day-to-day messages.” The keyboard includes not just Emojis, but GIFs, animated stickers, and videos as well. The media will work in text conversation as well as in e-mails, “apps that support pasting of images, like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Kik, Tango and others.”
The news station 6abc reported that the Philadelphia-themed Emojis include “iconic Philly imagery such as the aforementioned Ben Franklin, the William Penn statue atop Philadelphia City Hall, the LOVE sculpture at Love Park, Visit Philadelphia’s “XOXO,” pretzels, the Liberty Bell, Temple and Drexel university logos, and (of course) a cheesesteak.”
Sponsors of the app, which included CHOP, Saxby’s Coffee, Insomnia Cookies, Rita’s, and Dietz and Watson, all got their own Emojis included in the app as well. Want to ask a loved one to bring you home a water ice or some cookies? The keyboard has you covered!