Twitter is available in 33 languages, but its universal language is the emoji

Gigaom

To say Twitter is international is an understatement. According to a company blog post in January, 70% of its users are based outside the U.S., and the platform supports microblogging in 33 different languages.

But whether the tweets are in Spanish, Arabic or Cyrillic, one thing seems to be clear: everyone loves emojis. That’s the thesis behind EmojiTracker, which tracks use of the emoticons on Twitter in realtime.

Blinking constantly with smileys, and dogs, and thumbs-up, EmojiTracker maintains a constant ranking of which Emojis are most popular on the microblogging network. Earlier this week, the number one emoji on EmojiTracker wasn’t the traditional smiley face — it was actually a heart on a white background. What users would consider the classic smiley didn’t even hit the top 10, which included various emotions as well as a red heart and the “okay” sign. Among the least-used Emoji were traditional signs like…

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