Translate emoji with this storytelling app

There are no wrong answers. No right answers, either.

Mar 1, 2020, 10:26 am*



Dylan Love

Emoji is the language of the Internet, and a new Web app is helping you use it to tell stories. Emojinate, a weekend project put together by developer Ramsay Lanier, invites you to translate the characters into words. 

It prompts users with a random assortment of five emoji. After that, things are pretty much up to you: Put together a story, a poem, whatever you like, using the emoji as a source text.

So far a few people are having plenty of fun “translating” these random emoji into coherent texts. Here’s what some of our favorites look like:


Developers wanting to extend Lanier’s creation can do so over at Github, as it’s a totally open-source project. Or you can just check out Emojinate on your own, which will require you to log in with your Twitter account.

Image via otto-yamamoto/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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*First Published: Feb 11, 2015, 5:10 pm