Today Twitter has begun rolling out support for the 2022 emoji list within its classic Twemoji emoji style. The update's 31 new additions include the shaking face, the donkey, and the plain pink heart.
This is the first update to Twitter's long-standing Twemoji set since the platform was taken private in October of 2022. All 31 new additions have been drawn from Emoji 15.0, which was recommended by Unicode in September of last year.
No previously-released emoji designs were updated in this release. However, revisions to the 😷 Face with Medical Mask, 🥺 Pleading Face, and Face Holding Back Tears emojis have been visible within the Twitter web application's emoji picker tool for several months.
These design changes are assumed to be implemented fully in the near future.
Additionally, at the time of writing users of the Twitter for Android mobile app will not have access to this Twemoji update.
This is because Twitter for Android discontinued its use of Twemoji several months ago, with devices now showing the device's native emoji design set. For Android devices, this will either be the Google Noto Color Emoji set or the Samsung emoji design set, depending on the device manufacturer.
Finally, while today's update adds support for Emoji 15.0 to Twemoji, no further emojis have been made to the glossy emoji sticker set used by the Twitter image editing tool and the Twitter Status feature.
This highly detailed set supports emojis up to 2020's Emoji 13.1 recommendations.
Although this Twemoji update only includes 31 new emojis, there are emoji additions across each of the major emoji categories.
The 💕 Symbols category has also received five new additions, three of which are colorful new heart emojis.
The 🐻 Animals & Nature has received the largest new additions in today's release, with six new additions. However, the 🍔 Food & Drink category has also gotten two new emojis that straddle the line between nature and foodstuff, namely a Pea Pod and the root from a Ginger plant.
Finally, there are two new additions in both the ⚽ Activity and 💡 Objects categories - two musical instruments (a Flute and Maracas) and two appearance-focused items (a Hair Pick and a Folding Hand Fan).
Twemoji 15.0 designs are now beginning to show for users on the Twitter website, with rollout to further users expected in the coming days and weeks.
As noted above, Twitter for Android users are not expected to receive this update, with Android devices now displaying emojis within their native emoji set.
Twitter for iOS has historically used Apple's native system-wide emojis and is therefore unaffected by this Twemoji update.