Facebook Is Making Some Awesome Changes to Their Emoji
Today is an emoji adoration overload, first with the announcement that a whopping 72 amazing new emoji are on the way, then with the release of new Kimoji. Now, news is buzzing that Facebook has made a major update to their own Messenger emoji that takes them WAY ahead of the pack when it comes to some much needed representation and diversity.
In a post released on Facebook, we’re asked to “Say Hello to the New Messenger Emojis — from skin tones that you can choose to lots of women in great roles, Messenger is beginning to make emojis more representative of the world we live in.”
The collection includes standardized emoji that will match your bestie’s phone (so there’s no misunderstanding when it comes to mixed messages), so that when you’re sending a smiley face, they’ll see the same face on the other end.
Also addressing the call for more lady-like pics (ya know, kick-butt and totally diverse ones), the new Messenger emoji include a female police officer, gal runner and pedestrian, as well as a woman surfer and swimmer. We’ve also been assured that these are just the first, and more female-fronting pics will continue to be added.
But that’s not where the diversity ends. If you’re cool with the bright yellow faces smiling back at you from Messenger, then you can go about your day with those sunny circles. If you’d rather change ‘em up to something that is a little closer to your own gorgeous self, then Messenger now offers a variety of skin tones that you can choose from.
Also offering an “emoji picker” to make sure you’re making the most of the teeny pics, this is definitely an update that you’ll want to check out ASAP, FB friends. The first batch of new releases comes out tomorrow.
What do you think about these FB Messenger changes? Tweet us @BritandCo!
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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