Hieroglyphics is a written language, where letters are represented by images. Emoji is not a written language. The images in hieroglyphic language are therefore more akin to our alphabet(s). Moreover, emojis are the first means of universal communication. While historically symbols as language may have been employed, emojis are the first "universal language". Most emojis are able to be understood by most anyone, regardless of culture, language, or background. Hieroglyphs, however, are known only to their respective cultures, requiring historians and translators to attempt to glean meaning. In this way, emojis have many parallels to hieroglyphs, but are ultimately revolutionary due to their accessibility.