Hello there! 👋🏻 I'm Jon Schneider, a software developer 👨🏻💻 living in Michigan, USA. 🇺🇸
I made ClipEmoji.com to solve a problem I would frequently encounter where, when on my computer 💻 and typing some free-form text, I would want to insert a particular emoji. 😁
Mobile phones 📱 have emoji built into their on-screen keyboards, and some chat applications 💬 for desktop PCs 🖥 have a way to search for and insert an emoji into a post using the mouse 🖱. When doing something like entering text into a document, though, desktop PCs at one time didn't have an efficient way to quickly insert an emoji into the text. 😐
ClipEmoji.com was designed to help in this situation! 💁 Just type the emoji you want into the search field -- just a few characters of the name or description generally works -- and ClipEmoji immediately shows you the matching emoji. Then just click the one you want to copy it to the clipboard 📋, switch back to the app where you're composing text, and paste!
Incidentally, here's a secret 🕵 Pro Tip: If you press the Enter (or Return) key after entering a search term, ClipEmoji will clipboard-copy the first emoji matching your search term. In this way, you can get an emoji onto your clipboard even faster 🏃, without needing to use the mouse at all! ⌨
ClipEmoji.com's data -- including the emoji characters themselves, as well as their names and descriptions that are used to power the search feature -- come from the publicly-availble data 📊 in the Emoji Charts at unicode.org.
This is the same data that computer and phone platform vendors like Microsoft, Apple, and Google use when building emoji characters into their own platforms. 💡 Pretty neat, eh?
Using some Secret Sauce™ 🥫 that I developed, the chart data from unicode.org is transformed into the HTML served up on the ClipEmoji.com homepage.
The emoji character images shown on ClipEmoji.com pages actually come from the fonts included with your device's operating system -- not from ClipEmoji.com itself. Therefore, the images will look a little different depending on what platform you're using to view the site -- e.g. Windows, an iPhone or a Mac, an Android phone, or something else.
They do! On Mac 🍎, press Cmd+Ctrl+Space to bring up a built-in emoji picker.
On Windows, similar functionality is available by pressing Win+Period.
(I'm not sure offhand about Linux 🐧 -- I haven't used it in a number of years now.)
By all means, use those if you find them convenient! However, ClipEmoji.com does provide a couple of minor bells 🔔 and whistles not (yet) provided by either of the aforementioned OS features:
You can reach out to me ✉ via my personal homepage at JonSchneider.com, or via my tech blog 📒 -- the latter of which you can subscribe to if you're interested in being notified about any major updates to ClipEmoji.com. (And who wouldn't be, really? 😂)
I'm also on Twitter as @JonSchneider.
Probably, yes! But those topics are outside the scope of this About page.
You didn't really need to ask, but sure, please go ahead! Return to the ClipEmoji.com homepage.