Less than a year since the 😭 Loudly Crying Face took the top spot on Twitter, the oft-maligned but ever-present 😂 Face with Tears of Joy is once again the platform's number one emoji by the slimmest of margins. 🤏 📈
😂🆚😭: A History
Recent usage of 😭 Loudly Crying Face shows that it has tears that are truly versatile. This one emoji can be seen as happy or sad depending on the context. Proud, or embarassed. Love or grief. No wonder 😭 is popular.
How did we turn “ 😭” into a laughing emoji...— Skai (@skaijackson) March 31, 2021
Prior to April 2021, 😭 Loudly Crying Face had been the #2 emoji on the popular microblogging platform since June 2018 when it overtook the ♻️ Recycling Symbol (yes, you read that correctly), though it had held the #2 for several years prior to this also.
According to our Emojipedia database of over 7 billion tweets dating back to September 2011, 😂 Face with Tears of Joy had held the top position on Twitter since March 2012 when Apple first began using the Unicode Standard's recommended emoji codepoints within iOS 5.1.
However, despite this 10 month period in the #2 spot and trailing 😭 Loudly Crying Face overall on Twitter during 2021, 😂 Face with Tears of Joy did still top the Unicode's Most Frequently Used Emoji of 2021, which drew from additional data sources provided by its membership.
Even still, despite taking the top spot on Twitter and within wider Unicode data, the use of 😂 Face with Tears of Joy is still far below its June 2019 peak.
In fact, thus far into February 2022, 😂 Face with Tears of Joy and 😭 Loudly Crying Face are within a whisker of each other (🐱), with 😭 Loudly Crying Face even overtaking 😂 Face with Tears of Joy a handful of times during the last few days.
🧮📈 Overall Emoji Use
The remainder of the top ten emojis on Twitter across January 2022 were as follows:
- 😂 Face with Tears of Joy
- 😭 Loudly Crying Face
- ✨ Sparkles
- 🤣 Rolling on the Floor Laughing
- 🥺 Pleading Face
- ❤️ Red Heart
- 🙏 Folded Hands
- 😍 Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes
- 🥰 Smiling Face with Hearts
- 😊 Smiling Face with Smiling Eyes
In terms of overall over, this is the exact same as in December 2021, bar the reordering of the top two emojis that we've discussed.
Meanwhile, overall emoji use has declined slightly on the platform, following the now-expected surge in emoji use during the holiday season,
So it's still fair to say that in 2022, emojis are as popular as ever.