Dating back to the mid-90s, emojis are now fully integrated into the culture of social media. A new website is now attempting to track their usage on Twitter.
A web app called emojitracker, first released in late July 2013, shows in real time how frequently emojis--small, emoticon-like icons--are being used on Twitter. The app was developed by New York-based rocket news.
The app keeps track of hundreds of emojis in real time: each time an emoji is used, that emoji's cell lights up in green and its use counter increases by one.
As of July 29, the single most used emoji on Twitter is "black heart suit," which depicts a red heart on a deck of cards. It's been used more than 65 million times, more than twice as many times as second place "face with tears of joy."
"I'm happy [that emojis have become so popular], but to be honest, it's not something I'm really cognizant of. It's just too big, you know." Shigetaka Kurita, emoji creator
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