This comes ten years to the month when 😂 Face with Tears of Joy first emerged as the platform's top emoji and one year since it first lost the top spot to 😭 Loudly Crying Face - the only emoji to ever supplant it.
As we suggested could be the case earlier this year, neither 😂 Face with Tears of Joy nor 😭 Loudly Crying Face have definitively overtaken the other just yet, and it's entirely possible that the two trade places several more times throughout 2022.
This is a dramatically different situation than we've historically experienced on Twitter, as is shown in the graph below.
While the declared cancellation of 😂 Face with Tears of Joy late last year was clearly an exaggeration, it's clear that this emoji is far from its 2019 peak.
We here at Emojipedia will be sure to keep you updated. 📈