Twitter Gets Support for Unicode 9.0's New Emojis, Including Selfie and Facepalm

Twitter Gets Support for Unicode 9.0's New Emojis, Including Selfie and Facepalm
Highlights
  • New emojis include fingers crossed, and drooling
  • The support has been added for the Web interface
  • TweetDeck will get support for it soon

Last month, the Unicode Consortium released the Unicode 9.0 standard, bringing 72 new characters and emojis. Now, Twitter has introduced support for these new emojis - starting with the Web interface.

This means that the shrug, facepalm, fingers crossed, drooling, selfie, and even an emoji depicting rolling on the floor laughing (ROFL) are now supported on Twitter. There is also support for skin tones on these new emojis, and the entire Twemoji 2.0 changelog can be seen at Emojipedia.

The social media platform clarified to Emojipedia that the support for emojis is only for the website, as the apps on Android, iOS, macOS, and Windows Phone will still support emojis from each platform vendor. Until other vendors roll out support, the Twitter apps will show the new emojis an question marks. The social network adds that support for the emojis will also be rolled out to TweetDeck soon. In order to use these emojis on the website, Twitter recommends copy pasting them from either Emojipedia or Emoji keyboard.

Other new emojis that have been introduced with Unicode 9 include the lying face, a pregnant woman, a nauseated face, a sneezing face, a drooling face, a clown face, and a face with cowboy hat emoji. There's also more representation of food, flowers, animals, birds, and drinks in the emoji list. The full list of new emojis introduced in Unicode 9 can be viewed here. Unicode also deliberated to put a rifle in its set of new emoji standard, but then decided against it.

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Tasneem Akolawala is a Senior Reporter for Gadgets 360. Her reporting expertise encompasses smartphones, wearables, apps, social media, and the overall tech industry. She reports out of Mumbai, and also writes about the ups and downs in the Indian telecom sector. Tasneem can be reached on Twitter at @MuteRiot, and leads, tips, and releases can be sent to tasneema@ndtv.com. More
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