Half the time I send an emoticon I have no idea what the person on the other end is actually seeing. Which may seem pretty trivial, but is not entirely trivial! A lot of care goes into crafting a chat or text so as to relay tone and intention without body language. The emoji is real. And out of control.
Who knows what's lost in translation as that combination of symbols travels from iOS to Android and on to Blackberries, between different chat clients and emoji apps. Today, for example, my coworker sent what looked like a little yellow angel emoji with a halo from her Adium chat. To me, it looked like this: (A)
What? Confusing can easily turn into awkward or insulting. Sending gender-neutral blobby faces kissing from a Moto-X turns into a boy and girl kissing on the Samsung Galaxy. Texting a picture of a girl in a red dress from an iPhone shows up as a guy dancing on an Android.
What about you? Have you ever been lost in translation due to inconsistent emoji?