#WorldEmojiDay: A look at how India expresses itself on Twitter

Taking a cue from the kinds of conversations happening on Twitter, emojis mirror how people feel and what they’re thinking about.

By   |  Published: 17th Jul 2021  1:30 pm

On Twitter, emojis are indispensable parts of everyday conversation. They convey humour, joy, surprise, excitement, and, sometimes, even a mixture of all of the above. Taking a cue from the kinds of conversations happening on Twitter, emojis mirror how people feel and what they’re thinking about.

People’s love for emojis on Twitter in India is evident through the volume of conversations around #WorldEmojiDay in 2020, where 695K conversations from 146K unique authors in India alone were recorded, with a 93% positive/neutral sentiment. In 2021, the most-used emojis were reflective of everything the nation has been through. Here are the top most used emojis on Twitter in India between January 1 and June 30, 2021:

Most used emojis in 2021

Tears of joy emoji
Praying emoji
Crying emoji
Thumbs up emoji
ROFL emoji
Heart eyes emoji
Pleading face emoji
Smile emoji
Fire emoji
Grinning face with smiling eyes emoji

Along with expressing their emotions, people also use emojis in conversations about their interests, hobbies and how they’re spending their time. Based on analysis of all the tweets on the service this year, here are the most popular emojis across the following six categories:

● Sports & Fitness

1. Flexed biceps

2. Runner

3. Cricket

4. Cartwheel

5. Surfer

● Hobbies & Activities

1. Camera/photography

2. Dancing

3. Headphones/music

4. Books/reading

5. Colour palette/art

● Food & Drink

1. Birthday cake

2. Beer mugs

3. Chocolate bar

4. French fries

5. Lollipop

● Appreciation

1. 100 points

2. Bouquet

3. Clapping hands/ Applause

4. G.O.A.T – Greatest of All Time

5. Medal

● Nature

1. Rose

2. Sunrise

3. Sun with Face

4. Glowing Star

5. Cherry Blossom

● Pandemic

1. Prayer

2. Wear a mask

3. SOS

4. Stay home

5. Hospital

Twitter had also introduced a custom emoji to support Covid-19 conversations on the service – depicting the Indian flag in a caring cup of hands. The emoji can be activated with the hashtags #Covid19IndiaHelp, #COVIDIndiaSOS, #कोविड१९भारतसेवा, and more.


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