The Top Emojis of Ramadan: A Global Analysis πŸŒ™πŸ™πŸ½β€οΈ

Emojis have been called the world's fastest growing language. Yet remarkably little research has been done on differences in emoji usage between cultures. Previous analysis has usually focused on aggregate differences between countries based on data from third party keyboard apps. Here, we analyze emojis in nearly 35,000 tweets in nine languages about a common topic: the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, which began this past weekend. In doing so, we see broad commonalities across languages but also noteworthy and meaningful differences.

How we really use the peach emoji

Apple recently came under fire for proposing a change to the πŸ‘ peach emoji that made it look more fruit-like and less butt-like. β€œWhat’s happening to emojis represents the worst kind of gentrification of the internet,” charged Buzzfeed. Mashable was even more dramatic, exclaiming:Β β€œApple just ruined texting.” While Apple soon retreated, the episode demonstrated the … Continue reading How we really use the peach emoji

First ever Emojicon in San Francisco!

We'll be presenting an introduction to emoji data science at the first ever Emojicon in San Francisco! "Despite the profusion of emojis in digital life, little research has been done that leverages emojis to understand popular sentiment. We believe that emoji data science, a largely unexplored field, might be a powerful new methodology for both the computational social sciences as well as fast data journalism."