HISTORIC! Forget Google Chrome, Edge or Firefox, Opera browser is first to allow emoji addresses

    Yes, forget Google Chrome, Edge or Firefox as Opera browser has become the first to allow emoji based website addresses. You can ditch .com or words.
    By HIMANI JHA
    | Updated on Feb 15 2022, 04:16 PM IST
    Now you can go beyond the boring URLs on Google Chrome, Edge, Firefox. Opera browser allows you to ditch the old alpha numeric URLs.
    Now you can go beyond the boring URLs on Google Chrome, Edge, Firefox. Opera browser allows you to ditch the old alpha numeric URLs. (https://blogs.opera.com/news/2022/02/opera-emoji-links-yat/)
    Now you can go beyond the boring URLs on Google Chrome, Edge, Firefox. Opera browser allows you to ditch the old alpha numeric URLs.
    Now you can go beyond the boring URLs on Google Chrome, Edge, Firefox. Opera browser allows you to ditch the old alpha numeric URLs. (https://blogs.opera.com/news/2022/02/opera-emoji-links-yat/)

    In what is a historic move, as far as Internet is concerned, Opera has become the first browser to allow emoji only web addresses instead of standard domains. The Chromium-based browser has announced its alliance with Yat, an emoji-based identification system that involves people buying and selling emoji, on Monday via a tweet. The company tweeted, “Say goodbye to boring web links and hello to emojis! All Opera browsers have, in partnership with @whatsyouryat , become the first and only web browsers to enable emoji-only based web addresses. Give it a try by visiting.” They have also shared a screengrab where you can see string of emojis in the address bar instead of URL

    In its blog post, the company stated that “For the first time in the history of the internet, users will be able to navigate the web by entering a string of emojis into the URL bar instead of letters and words.” With the integration with Yat, Opera users can now ditch .com or words in their links and use emojis to search URL. Through its new emoji-centric integration, Opera has now made it easier to find and be directed to Yat pages which are when a Yat is created from a personalized string of emoji. Users can even customize their Yat page or redirect it to anywhere else on the web.

    Read the Opera tweet below:

    https://twitter.com/opera/status/1493239868582936576

    For example, musicians around the world have already set up their own Yat pages including Lil Wayne, Steve Aoki, G-Easy, Kesha, Young Money, 3Lau and Disclosure are using Yat. They mentioned, “ Lil Wayne’s (👽🎵) yat page (y.at/👽🎵) directs users to his record label, and Steve Aoki’s (y.at/🎂🎵) takes you to his website. G-Eazy (y.at/🦇🌹), (Kesha (y.at/🌈🚀👽), Young Money, 3LAU (y.at/🎵🎵) and Disclosure (y.at/😎🎵😎) are ready for you as well.” “The partnership marks a major paradigm shift in the way the internet works,” said Jorgen Arnesen, EVP Mobile at Opera.

    Moreover, web addresses on Opera no longer need to be preceded by ‘y.at’. You can simply put the correct emoji string to visit the relevant web page. Also, emojis embedded on web pages are now linked to the Yat page automatically. The new update of Opera supporting emoji-only addresses is rolling out for download right now.

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    First Published Date: 15 Feb, 04:16 PM IST
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