Why people use emoji’s escapes me, or it did, until I started using them for fast conversation and txt messaging.

A friend of mine pointed me to the emoji support on a Jekyll hosted blogs which has over 1.5million downloads from rubygems

alt text A handy emoji cheat sheet

So to use an emoji you use this syntax in the markdown:

I give this plugin two :+1:!

I give this plugin two :+1:!

How to install

Add the following to your site’s Gemfile or if you are using the github-pages plugin in the Gemfile, don’t add it (as it is already there)

gem 'jemoji'

And add the following to your site’s _config.yml

  - jemoji

Then I followed my blog post instructions on updating Jekyll which got the dependency

docker run --rm -v=%cd%:/srv/jekyll -it jekyll/jekyll /bin/bash
bundle update

Local Testing

Developing locally the image urls were broken and looked like: https://assets-cdn.github.com/images/icons/emoji/unicode/1f44d.png

On live they worked looking like:

so in the _config.yml file I put in:

  src: "https://github.githubassets.com/images/icons/"