Yo! Philadelphia emojis have arrived

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016
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Philadelphia emojis are here!

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Ever wanted to text your significant other a LOVE statue emoji to express your feelings? Or WhatsApp a coworker an emoji of a Saxby's Coffee cup to make sure they don't forget to pick you up one? Or send a friend an emoji of Ben Franklin's face just for the fun it?

Well, now you can - thanks to Visit Philadelphia's new Philadelphia Emoji Keyboard.

The tourism group unveiled the keyboard on Wednesday, describing it on their website as illustrating "the attractions and icons of the City of Brotherly Love through more than 60 iconic Philadelphia emojis, GIFs and videos."

The keyboard includes not only emojis, but GIFs, and videos, too.

According to Visit Philadelphia, "the image-based emojis work in text and email messages, along with apps that support pasting of images, like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Kik, Tango and others."

They say, however, it will not work on Twitter or Instagram.

The new Philadelphia Emoji Keyboard includes iconic Philly imagery such as the aforementioned Ben Franklin, the William Penn statue atop Philadelphia City Hall, the LOVE sculpture at Love Park, Visit Philadelphia's "XOXO," pretzels, the Liberty Bell, Temple and Drexel university logos, and (of course) a cheesesteak.

Sponsors like Insomnia Cookies, Rita's, Saxby's Coffee, and Dietz and Watson, who bought into the program for the launch, were able to get their very own emojis added to the Visit Philadelphia keyboard.

The Philadelphia Emoji Keyboard can be downloaded for free from the Google Play store on Android devices and from the App Store for iOS devices.

Just search ""Philadelphia Keyboard" in the store to get started!

For more information on how the keyboard works and how to download it, visit VisitPhilly.com.