๐Ÿ’ฌ The Wrap

As the last few hours of the year unfurl, welcome to the final edition of the Emoji Wrap for 2021! New Yearโ€™s Eve emojis, anyone? ๐Ÿฅณ๐ŸŽ†

As per recent years, December was full of digital outlets reflecting on the year-that-was for different platforms and their users. ๐Ÿ”Ž๐Ÿ“…

This included both Unicode, who at the start of the month released a report on emoji use throughout 2021, and ourselves here at Emojipedia. ๐Ÿ“Š๐Ÿ“ฐ

Earlier today we published our now-annual recap of the top emoji trends on Twitter that weโ€™ve reported on throughout the year, with a series of month-by-month visualizations that occasionally reach back over 10 years. ๐Ÿงฎ๐Ÿ“ˆ

Drawing on a variety of different data sources, the Unicode research reported that the seemingly inescapable ๐Ÿ˜‚ Face with Tears of Joy still reigning supreme as the worldโ€™s top emoji, despite us here at Emojipedia reporting that the ๐Ÿ˜ญ Loudly Crying Face had finally overtaken it back in March of this year. ๐Ÿค”โ“

Whatโ€™s at play here? A variety of possible factors, including differences in contexts and counting methods โ€“ we consider these differences in our own trends review, where we also reveal another peak for emoji use on Twitter, in part fuelled by the now-expected spike in Christmas emojis from mid-November onwards. ๐Ÿ”๐ŸŽ„

Other data revelations come from dating app Tinder, where side-eyes ruled supreme, and mobile payment service Venmo, as analyzed by Quartz. ๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ’ธ

Rounding out the final newsletter of the year we have new ๐Ÿ• Dog emoji support within Google's Emoji Kitchen feature, an academic investigation of the ๐ŸคŒ Pinched Fingers emoji, a website that allows you to view different emojis to scale, and WhatsApp adding animation to more ๐Ÿ’• Heart emojis.

๐Ÿ“ฐ News

๐Ÿ’ญ Interesting

๐Ÿค— Lastly

That's it for the final edition of the Emoji Wrap for the year! ๐Ÿฅณ๐ŸŽ†

Thanks, as always, for your support throughout 2021 and your continued support into 2022. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™‡

Remember that if you'd like to keep up-to-date with the latest emoji news as it happens, you can follow Emojipedia on Twitter, as well as the members of our Emojipedia team:

  • ๐Ÿšข Our Chief Emoji Officer Jeremy Burge
  • ๐Ÿ“š Our Senior Emoji Lexicographer Jane Solomon
  • ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™‚๏ธ And me, our Deputy Emoji Officer Keith Broni

Stay safe, and โœจHappy New Yearโœจ!

Keith Broni