Emoticons on Social Network: Facebook, Twitter, Sina Weibo

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

when you post Unicode emoticons on Facebook, some of them get turned into images automatically.

emoticon thumb facebook
emoticon images on Facebook.

here's the actual Unicode characters:

๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘Ž ๐Ÿ‘Œ ๐Ÿ‘Š โ• โ• โ• ๐Ÿ˜ƒ ๐Ÿ˜„ ๐Ÿ˜ฑ ๐Ÿ˜ธ ๐Ÿ‘ธ ๐Ÿ‘ฝ ๐Ÿ‘

Here's what Sina Weibo (a social network in China) shows:

emoticon thumb sina weibo
emoticon on Sina Weibo

You can see that, they have different style of drawings, and not all Unicode emoticons are changed to images.

This is a conscious decision. When you design the website, you have to decide which Unicode characters should be changed to images, and you have to have a graphic artist to draw the emoticons.

Here's more comparison:

emoticon smiley facebook 2014-03-27 emoticon smiley sina weibo 2014-03-27 emoticon smiley twitter 2014-04-02
emoticon smilies on {Facebook, Sina Weibo, twitter}

Here's the Unicode characters:

๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜‚ ๐Ÿ˜ƒ ๐Ÿ˜„ ๐Ÿ˜… ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜‡ ๐Ÿ˜ˆ ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜Š ๐Ÿ˜‹ ๐Ÿ˜Œ ๐Ÿ˜Ž , ๐Ÿ˜™ ๐Ÿ˜š ๐Ÿ˜— ๐Ÿ˜˜ ๐Ÿ˜ , ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜œ ๐Ÿ˜ , ๐Ÿ˜ด ๐Ÿ˜ฉ ๐Ÿ˜ซ ๐Ÿ˜ช , ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜‘ ๐Ÿ˜“ ๐Ÿ˜” ๐Ÿ˜• ๐Ÿ˜– , ๐Ÿ˜ฎ ๐Ÿ˜ฏ ๐Ÿ˜ฐ ๐Ÿ˜ฑ ๐Ÿ˜ฒ ๐Ÿ˜ณ ๐Ÿ˜ต ๐Ÿ˜ถ ๐Ÿ˜ท , ๐Ÿ˜’ ๐Ÿ˜  ๐Ÿ˜ก , ๐Ÿ˜ž ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ ๐Ÿ˜ฃ ๐Ÿ˜ค ๐Ÿ˜ฅ ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ๐Ÿ˜ง ๐Ÿ˜จ ๐Ÿ˜ฌ , ๐Ÿ˜ข ๐Ÿ˜ญ

Note: on Google Plus, Unicode emoticon characters are not changed to images.

Twitter, as of today , started to show emoticons as images.

emoticon clothing twitter 2014-04-02
Unicode emoticon on Twitter

Cat Faces Emoticons on Twitter and Facebook

emoticon cat faces Twitter 2014-04-08
Emoticon cat faces on Twitter as of
emoticon cat faces Facebook 2014-04-08
Emoticon cat faces on Facebook as of . They become standard smiley faces.

Original unicode cat face characters: ๐Ÿ˜ธ ๐Ÿ˜น ๐Ÿ˜บ ๐Ÿ˜ป ๐Ÿ˜ผ ๐Ÿ˜ฝ ๐Ÿ˜พ ๐Ÿ˜ฟ ๐Ÿ™€

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