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Episode Twenty Eight

We wrap up our final episode of the Slack Variety Pack with a topic near and dear to our hearts: Emoji.

Looking at this funny little way of communicating, in this episode you’ll learn etiquette tips for using emoji in the workplace, explore new ideas around how emoji represent people and cultures, and hear a whale of an emoji story.

And, of course, you’ll find out what’s coming up next in our podcast adventures. It’s Episode 28 - Hear Ye, Hear Ye Pack! 😘


  1. The Ps and Qs of using emoji at work

    emoji are powerful pictographs that add an emotional layer otherwise missing from text communication. Unfortunately they can be misused, overused, and abused at work causing some ire or just plain confusion in the workplace. Slack’s resident grammarian Anna Pickard and Internet linguist Gretchen McCulloch share some handy tips for keeping our emoji use in check. (✅)

  2. Emoji Dick: A novel

    By day, Fred Benenson is immersed in research and data. By night, he flexes his creative muscles moonlighting as an author. An emoji author. His repertoire so far includes an emoji translation of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick and a guide on how to speak (or write) emoji.

  3. Lost in emoji translation

    Erroneous emoji use can lead to some serious misunderstandings. To keep the peace, a group of researchers from the University of Minnesota are studying the emoji that confound people the most with hopes this data will encourage emoji makers to standardize their designs and descriptions.

  4. Towards a more representative emoji set

    A group of high school female sophomores are challenged to design emoji that more accurately reflect themselves and the breadth of their interests. And it’s not all sugar and spice.

  5. Take a tour of Finland’s emoji

    The standard unicode emoji set is by no means perfect, but slowly it’s evolving to be more inclusive and more representative of different people and cultures. Not leaving anything to chance, the government of Finland designed their own set of emoji to stir up national pride and drum up international interest.

  6. This is what it emoji sound like

    Coming back full circle with a segment from our first episode: We hit the streets and ask completely innocent bystanders to create sound effects for their favorite emoji. The results are nothing short of weird.