Philadelphia Has a New Cheesesteak Emoji
Despite the fact that they have burrito, sushi, and pizza emojis already at their fingertips, some Philadelphia residents have likely lamented the lack of cheesesteak images. However, locals can now express themselves the hometown way with the new Philadelphia Emoji Keyboard.
Visit Philadelphia, a local marketing organization, is the brains behind the keyboard’s more than 60 different (and free) emojis, GIFs, and videos. In addition to cheesesteak, the collection includes images of Rocky, multiple incarnations of the Liberty Bell, Benjamin Franklin, and a variety of buildings, bridges, and regional landmarks. Visit Philadelphia also partnered with organizations like Temple University, Drexel University, Insomnia Cookies, and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to create their own unique emojis.
You can download the emojis via the App Store or the Google Play Store. They can be copied and pasted into texts and emails, as well as apps like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp. However, social media addicts will be disappointed to learn that the images don’t work on Twitter or Instagram.
Philadelphia is joining a growing list of cities and countries that are creating emojis to celebrate their local culture. Last November, Finland introduced a series of emojis that included metalheads, saunas, and Nokia phones. And in May 2015, Destination DC, a nonprofit that provides marketing for the city’s hospitality and tourism industry, launched an app with emojis that include the Washington Monument, the U.S. Capitol, and the U.S. Constitution.