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The 10 most and least popular emoji on Twitter

We ❤ these emoji! 😂😂😂

Luckily, someone has been keeping tabs on the emoji that people use on Twitter. Yes, the aptly titled Emoji Tracker takes note of every single icon that is published on the social media site and puts it into a list. What that means is that we can quickly and easily take a look at what the most (and, sure, the least) popular emoji are.

Since the tracker was created back in 2013, it has logged a whopping 23 billion tweets. The tracker doesn’t just look at English language tweets. Oh no, this is far larger than that. It tracks tweets from around the globe – in multiple languages. But – let’s face it – the language of emoji is universal.

The Top 10 emoji On Twitter

Can you guess what the most used emoji are on the social network? Some of the following might come as a surprise to most of us. Without further ado, here are the top ten icons that have been used on Twitter in the last five years.

  1. 😂
  2. 😍
  3. ♥️ (Heart Suit)
  4. 😭
  5. 😊
  6. 😒
  7. 💕
  8. 😘

The heart faces along with the ‘tears of joy’ were to be expected. These symbols manage to express emotions that we all feel on a day-to-day basis. Those feelings of love, euphoric joy, and even just pure happiness. We get it.

However, number three on the list is something of a curve ball. Could the fact that we use the recycling symbol by a sign of a more eco-conscious world? Perhaps. But probably not. According to Matthew Rothenberg, the creator of Emoji Tracker, this symbol is used by many apps and websites to encourage people to retweet content.

The Least Popular emoji On Twitter

Should you scroll through your long list of emoji on your phone, you’re sure to notice a few that you simply never used. Whether they’re just too basic or something that you’d never think to depict in picture form, you know the ones I mean. Here are the ten least popular emoji on Twitter.

  1. 🔠
  2. 🚡
  3. 🚱
  4. 🔣
  5. 🔡
  6. 🔤
  7. 🛂
  8. 🚠
  9. 🚯
  10. 🚞

From the aerial tramway to the passport control emoji, it’s plain to see why the above are not so popular. While they functionally depict something, they hardly get your heart racing. Let’s face it, how often do you need to show someone the input symbols for symbols? That’s right, not very often. Still, they exist.

Who knows what the future may hold? The above symbols may become seriously popular on Twitter (they probably won’t!) and things could change dramatically. People may get sick of using the heart emoji and think it’s time to mix it up by adding a passport control symbol in for a laugh. Only time will tell what the future holds for the emoji Twittersphere.

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