Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Of Course This Was The Most Popular Emoji On Twitter This Year

Did the past year make you feel , or ? Twitter's 2015 retrospective may refresh your memory. 

The social media giant on Monday unveiled its annual year-end review to commemorate the defining moments and biggest trends of the last 12 months. It also included a list of the most popular emojis by usage. 

Take a look at this year's most-beloved pictographs:

The "face with tears of joy" character, better known as ,  topped Twitter's charts, followed by ("smiling face with heart-shaped eyes) and ("loudly crying face").

The popularity of should come as no surprise. After all, the emoji was recently named 2015's "word of the year" by Oxford Dictionaries, sparking an intense online discussion about the less-than-orthodox choice. (It's safe to assume that the debate contributed to the emoji's popularity on Twitter and other social networks.) 

In a statement about the choice, President of Oxford Dictionaries Casper Grathwohl wrote: "You can see how traditional alphabet scripts have been struggling to meet the rapid-fire, visually focused demands of 21st-century communication. It’s not surprising that a pictographic script like emoji has stepped in to fill those gaps -- it’s flexible, immediate, and infuses tone beautifully."

Earlier this year, mobile technology business SwiftKey found that made up 20 percent of all the emojis used in the United Kingdom in 2015, and 17 percent of those in the United States -- a rapid increase from 4 percent and 9 percent, respectively, in 2014.

To see the rest of Twitter's 2015 trends, head to the site's year-in-review page. We hope those memories will make you , for the most part. 

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