Emojis have been around since 1999, when they were first introduced for Japanese mobile phone users. They've since become adopted on virtually every social network, including Twitter.
We took a closer look at the emojis in our database to find out how people are using them, which emojis have the highest engagement rates, and which were most popular.
The three most popular emojis are 😂 ❤️ 😍
The emojis with the highest average engagement are 🗿 🐬 🤴
The most popular animal emojis are 🙈 🐶 🙊
Emojis are more effective at increasing engagement rates than hashtags.