Kudos on the ¯\_(ツ)_/¯, by the way. And yeah, if you decide emoji are just too risky to use if you don’t know how or even if they’ll appear on other systems, fair enough. But they’re also sweet, playful and semantically useful, so they’re worth experimenting with. And ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ reminds me of one last tip: if you regularly use particular emoji especially on the Mac, selecting it with the character palette might slow you down a bit when you’re typing, so you can use the text expander system built into OS X to replace a sequence of characters of your choice—for example “//kiss”—with 😘, say. This is also how I can easily type ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ (my trigger is “//shrug”) as well as ⌘, №, ½ and more.
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