World Emoji Day is now in its sixth year. The event was founded by Jeremy Burge of Emojipedia in 2014. Here are some facts about emojis and World Emoji Day:
🌎 Social Stats
During #WorldEmojiDay social media is a buzz with chatter about all things emoji.
Over 100 tweets per minute are typically sent using the #WorldEmojiDay hashtag during the event - with it rising to over 175 tweets per minute at peak times.
2018 saw the #WorldEmojiDay hashtag generate over 3.5 billion Twitter impressions.
In 2018, over 150,000 Twitter accounts joined in by using the #WorldEmojiDay hashtag.
For 2019, over 190,000 Twitter accounts joined, sending over 300,000 related tweets.
In 2019 the #WorldEmojiDay hashtag generated over 4 billion Twitter impressions.
📈 Emoji Statistics
❤️ On Facebook, people are using the red heart emoji twice as much as they did last year
💬 Over 900M emojis are sent every day without text on Facebook Messenger
📈 More than 700M emojis are used in Facebook posts every day
🎆 The biggest day for emoji usage on Messenger is New Year’s Eve
📸 By mid-2015, half of all comments on Instagram included an emoji
📋 Emoji Facts
In 2019 over 200 new emojis were introduced — this figure includes variations (for things like skin tone and gender).
These new emojis are expected to arrive on major platforms in the second half of 2019.
Apple has detailed that new emoji will arrive on the iPhone this fall.
157 new emojis were approved in 2018, which brought the then total number of emojis to 2,823.
In 2018, this Game of Thrones tweet proved to be the most popular of the day.
In 2019, this tweet about the South Korean boy band BTS proved popular with fans.
🎂 The most popular emojis across Facebook include favorites like ‘Face With Tears of Joy’ and ‘Smiling Face with Heart Eyes’, but also the ‘Birthday Cake’ emoji — for all those birthday greetings Facebook reminds you about.
🍑 Only 7% of people use the peach emoji as a fruit;
The rest mostly use it as a butt or for other non-fruit uses.
🎆 New Year's Eve is the day that the most emojis are sent (on Facebook Messenger).
🏆 World Emoji Awards
The winner of the 2018 World Emoji Awards were as follows:
Best New Emoji: 🤯 Exploding Head
Most Anticipated Emoji: Lacrosse Stick and Ball
Excellence in Emoji Use: Snoop Dogg
Emoji of the Year: 🤔 Thinking Face
Awarded to the emoji that best describes 2018
Winners of the 2017 World Emoji Awards were as follows: