It started with the realization that you could bring up an emoji keyboard on any Mac by pressing ⌃⌘␣ (ctrl+cmd+space):
Next thing I know, I’m on <popular name register> trying to buy
😂😂😂, which in 2028 will be the most common combination of characters entered into VR-brainwave-contact-lens browsers, or whatever people in the future will use to read hypertext (cf. Lindy effect). According to
emojitracker.com it is already the most popular emoji today.
I got quite excited when I saw that the
.io top-level domain was still available. Unfortunately, one hour, two CSRs and three failed orders later I had to realize that it was a bug in the UI and that it wasn’t actually available or even purchasable.
Generally, emoji domains are possible, but only on certain top-level domains that allow it,
.ws being the most popular one. While emojis are part of the UTF-8 charset, the DNS only allows a subset of ASCII. However, using a representation called “Punycode”, UTF-8 characters can be brought to and from that subset. For example “點看” becomes
xn--c1yn36f. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean any valid punycode can be registered. The feature is intended to make language-specific domains possible, which emojis, well, aren’t.
Emoji URLs aren’t too useful either, as some sites don’t know how to link them correctly, a tiny site called Facebook being one one of them 😈. This means the viral traffic I was hoping to get from
😂😂😂.io for my emoji-only chat app — that has yet to be built — wasn’t going to happen anyway 😉. Also, others have tried that before.
Anyway, the easiest way to get an emoji URL is through a site called linkmoji (
http://🍕💩.ws) which is like
bit.ly, except with emojis. For example, this blog post is reachable via