Emojicons on Twitter Analysis
You know these emojicons that people have been unlocking in their iPhones lately? They're great, but Apple flipped out recently and is removing all the apps that unlock them from the store.
Anyway, I thought it would be interesting to see how people are posting them to Twitter. Even though you can only view them with an iPhone folks still use them a fair amount when posting from their phone. For specifics on the unicode business see here.
To get these numbers I iterated through all 469 icons and searched Twitter via their API going back as far as I could, which turned out to be Jan 20th. I ran the analysis on Feb 28th. The most search results I could get for anything was 1500, which is documented as the max in their docs. So a 1500 count means that emojicon redlined, and there are more but I couldn't get at them. I also used this Greasemonkey script a bunch.
Ok, let's see some numbers and charts and stuff.
First of all, check out how emojicon usage on Twitter has risen over the past month. I imagine that first spike could be tracked to some blog post on Gizmodo or something about the apps that unlocked the icons.
Here are the top 25 most popular emojicons. They're mostly used to actually express emotion it turns out.
I think the most important take away from this exercise is that the shit with eyes beat out the heart by exactly 10 instances. That's powerful.
Heart icons spiked on Valentine's Day:
Here's the full heart breakdown:
Check out these faces. Folks seem to like this head-wrapped fellow.
Here's the iPhone UN. I would have expected the Japanese flag to be used more, given that these icons originated over there.
These emojicons are indicative of a fine evening about town.
And check out how they're sort of mostly used on weekends:
Here's the breakdown for the most popular clients people are using to post emojicon tweets to Twitter. It's mostly iPhone apps, of course.
Old Fashioned Emoticons
Here's the breakdown for just the faces. I like how the least popular face is that constipated looking guy. What's his deal?
Lastly, these weren't used at all: