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.
An emoji data science tutorial in R as a complement to the Emojipedia article: "The resistance will be emojified ✊🏽"
Apple recently came under fire for proposing a change to the 🍑 peach emoji that made it look more fruit-like and less butt-like. “What’s happening to emojis represents the worst kind of gentrification of the internet,” charged Buzzfeed. Mashable was even more dramatic, exclaiming: “Apple just ruined texting.” While Apple soon retreated, the episode demonstrated the … Continue reading How we really use the peach emoji
The past week has seen a whirlwind of social media activity around the death of Fidel Castro, Thanksgiving, and Black Friday. We were curious about how people used emojis to discuss these topics so we looked at some data from Twitter. Check out the complete post on Emojipedia!
Could emoji data science have predicted the results of the election? Probably not, but emojis still provide a fascinating glimpse into the emotions of American voters. We used the Twitter API to collect nearly 2 million tweets on Election Day. What did we find? Lots of 🖕s, 🇺🇸s, and 👍, and more.
Slides from our presentation on emoji data science at Emojicon 2016, including data on Brexit, the Olympics, the 2016 election, and more.
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."