Bradley Chelsea Manning is in the news again.
Not for leaking 750,000 classified military docs to WikiLeaks and being court-martialed, but for the awkward acceptance to and very quick dismissal from an esteemed Harvard fellowship.
Manning took to Twitter to voice disbelief and outrage with the help of 17,000 emojis.
Don’t get us wrong, DMG loves a well-timed emoji. As they become more mainstream, using emojis in your online message can be a great way to emphasize your statement.
But it’s a careful balance. The setting matters, and you’re doing it wrong if you use more emojis than words to communicate a serious message.
Manning’s over-use of emjois weakened the “I should be a Harvard fellow” message, and legitimized Harvard’s decision to revoke the fellowship.
A good rule of thumb for you and your online communication? When you use more emojis than words, you’re not communicating.