Nexo Pushes For Bitcoin Emoji, Petition Has Over 10,000 Signatures Now

Hassan Shittu
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Nexo Pushes For Bitcoin Emoji, Petition Has Over 10,000 Signatures Now

Nexo, alongside more than 35 prominent cryptocurrency organizations, has embarked on a campaign to advocate for creating an official Bitcoin emoji.

The announcement was made on March 12, with the petition titled “Bitcoin Deserves an Emoji” aiming to secure 50,000 global endorsements and having already garnered over 10,000 signatures within a week of its launch.

Bitcoin Emoji Petition Gains Momentum with Over 10,000 Signatures in First Week

The Bitcoin emoji campaign led by Nexo, a prominent player in the cryptocurrency space, has gained significant traction, with over 10,000 individuals signing a petition in its first week. The petition is directed at the Unicode Consortium, the governing body responsible for standardizing emojis across different platforms.

Support for the campaign comes from various organizations, including Brink, Bitget, Chainalysis, Kraken, Polygon, Brave, BTC Inc., Hacken, CryptoQuant, Nansen, Unstoppable Domains, Liquity, Mara, Busha, Zulu, and many others, reflecting a collective effort within the crypto community to promote Bitcoin’s broader acceptance in society.

The petition, which aims to introduce a Bitcoin emoji, will unfold over 50 days on Change.org, culminating in a direct proposal to the Unicode Consortium during their 2024 Window site. The goal is not just symbolic but indicative of the community’s unity and determination to drive the global adoption of Bitcoin.

Drawing inspiration from successful emoji campaigns in the past, such as Taco Bell’s quest for a taco emoji and Tinder’s advocacy for an interracial couple icon, the Bitcoin Emoji initiative seeks to create enough momentum to prompt action from Unicode.

Kosta Kantchev, co-founder and executive chairman of Nexo, emphasized the necessity of a unified Bitcoin symbol on all keyboards, given Bitcoin’s significant market dominance and widespread adoption. He highlighted the vast number of Bitcoin addresses and professionals in the global community, underscoring that the Bitcoin Emoji is long overdue and reflects the evolving practices and acceptance of Bitcoin in people’s lives. He said,

“With 1.26 billion total Bitcoin addresses and 190,000+ professionals and tech pioneers pushing the global community forward, the Bitcoin Emoji is long overdue.”

Global Movement Pushes for the Bitcoin Emoji to Symbolize Mainstream Acceptance


Eleonor Genova, head of communications at Nexo, described the campaign as the “heartbeat of a global movement,” resonating with the aspirations of a diverse community. She stressed the pivotal role of emojis in modern communication and how a Bitcoin emoji would symbolize legitimacy while facilitating education and mainstream acceptance.

Genova highlighted that the campaign isn’t just about representation, acknowledging Bitcoin’s impact and democratizing its presence globally. As Bitcoin gains prominence, particularly following regulatory approvals like the United States’ first spot Bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs), its influence transcends the crypto realm.

She envisioned Bitcoin’s emoji as a ubiquitous symbol appearing on billions of screens worldwide and emphasized the industry’s collective responsibility to advocate for its creation.

“While traditional currencies were quick to find their emoji counterparts, the cryptocurrency realm, with Bitcoin leading the charge, remains conspicuously absent from this digital form of expression.”

Emojis, which began as simple pictographs in Japan during the 1990s, have evolved into fundamental aspects of digital communication, transcending language barriers and reflecting societal values. The push for an official Bitcoin emoji coincides with Bitcoin’s recent surge to an all-time high and anticipates the cryptocurrency’s fourth halving event, slated to occur later this month.

“The definition of an emoji is a small digital image or icon used to express an idea. Bitcoin is now a well-known idea across all countries. CryptoQuant fully supports Nexo’s initiative to facilitate the global mass adoption of Bitcoin,” said CryptoQuant’s CEO, Ki Young Ju.