All the Cool Kids™ use emoji. On Android, they're usually built right in to the keyboard. But that's not the case on desktops and laptops. Well, unless you build a dedicated emoji keyboard.
So I was delighted to find this brilliant little Gnome Extension called Emoji Selector.
It sits in your dash, until you click it or press 💠+e. Then you get this pop up.
The search bar focuses as soon as you open it, and the results are keyboard selectable.
There's the usual groupings of emoji, if you just want to scroll.
Click the emoji you want and it copies to your clipboard, ready to be pasted in.
And... that's it! Simple and effective. You can check out the source code on GitHub.