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Announcing emoji 1.0
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|+title: "Announcing emoji 1.0"|
|+date: 2014-02-10 22:11|
|+A long time ago, I wanted an emoji gem. So I set out to make one. Turns out,|
|+emoji are damn complex. [Emoji|
|+Licensing](http://words.steveklabnik.com/emoji-licensing) was one of the|
|+results. Who'd have guessed the hard part of making a gem was the legal part!|
|+Next up was that the 'emoji' gem was waaaay out of date: it was a library for|
|+converting between Japanese telecoms' emoji, which was important years ago, but|
|+not now that they're just UTF-8. So I contacted the owner, who graciously gave|
|+me the gem.|
|+Well, after doing the legal and social work, it turns out that some other|
|+people were interested in the idea as well! In the end, [I didn't write very|
|+[Winfield](https://github.com/wpeterson) really stepped up and made the code|
|+So today, I'm very happy to have just released version 1.0 of the emoji gem,|
|+and to officially hand off maintainership to Winfield. Thanks for all your hard|
|+Install it with|
|+$ gem install emoji|
|+And find the source on GitHub:|