04 May 2015

Emoji Icons (Smileys) in Search and Social Media

Love them or hate them, funky emoji icons (or smileys) confidently make it into our life: They are everywhere nowadays.

What should we, as search and social marketers, know about them?

1. Emoji Icons Show up in Google SERPs


Yes, as weird of the decision as it may seem, the search giant does really like emoji icons. We may argue if it’s a smart idea but that’s what we’ll have to deal with in the search results.

One of the most recent examples is the hotel search: Travel-related icons show up in search results giving the early adopters a certain competitive advantage:

Travel-related icons

Bing seems to be slower in indexing the icons but it does support them as well:

Bing Emoji

2. Bing Supports Emoji Search


Bing went one step further: It reads emoji icons and searches for the word it stands for:

Bing Supports Emoji Search

Bing Supports Emoji Search

Bing Supports Emoji Search

[It’s actually quite addicting searching for those!]

3. Emoji Icons Are Supported by Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, Instagram, Pinterest, etc


Now, whether you love them or hate them, emoji icons are an integral part of social media:

  • They save space expressing your emotions and opinion (it’s especially useful for Twitter)
  • They draw attention to your update and drive more comments and shares

For those of us who still share to social media from desktop, here are some helpful plugins and addons to easily use them whenever that makes sense:

Twitter Symbols [Firefox] installs a smiley icon to your browser toolbar from where you can easily select and copy Emoji icons to use in Tweets, Facebook updates, etc.

Twitter Symbols

Emoji Input is a nice option for Google Chrome. It works the same but it also has Emoji search which is awesome.

More tricks and browser plugins for rich and funky formatting in social media:

  • You can also copy-paste any Wingdings from here
  • Bedazzle [Google Chrome] adds a rich editor to “Create a Tweet” box allowing you to tweet all kinds of funky fonts:

It’s actually weird those annoying icons are making such a big difference in our industry but hey, we just go with the flow!

What’s your attitude to emoji icons? Do you use them?

Comments

  1. David Ghostwriter May 4, 2015 at 11:04 AM

    Gone are author photos. Here come the smiley faces. If it was just “smiling” faces, I would say that Google is out to brighten our day. But it looks like Google just likes to be cool. I suspect it will be a popular move, as frivolous as it is.

  2. Kristi Hines May 5, 2015 at 8:40 AM

    Interesting that these come up in search… they’re definitely good for making your profiles stand out. 🙂

    1. Ann Smarty May 5, 2015 at 12:16 PM

      I see what you did here, Kristi 😉

  3. duahassan June 2, 2015 at 6:36 AM

    Emoji is the best app i am personally using this app there are lot of symbols and it is going to be really very popular

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