The Least-Used Emoji War Is The Most Wholesome Conflict Of 2018
Choose a side: Aerial Tramway Emoji or Latin capital letters Emoji.
2018 has been a year of conflict, of fiercely contested ideals, of brother turning on brother, of babies eating babies: but who would have guessed that the greatest battle of all would be between the two least-used emoji.
Everyone has a favourite emoji — if you’re a creep, it’s that smiley with the wink and the tongue out. If you’re a legend, it’s a thumbs up. If you’re a cat, it’s probably the cat emoji. But few people think, or care, about the least-used emoji.
It’s a fascinating concept — there’s hundreds of emojis, and some of them are so niche and weird, you struggle to imagine a situation where you’d ever use them. In fact, such is the obscurity of some emojis, that there’s a bot dedicated to tracking which is the ultimate winner in the least-used emoji race.
It’s called the Least Used Emoji Bot, and its mission statement is: “Dedicated to informing the masses on which emoji is the least used.” It does this by checking emojitracker hourly and using computer science and tweets its results at least daily.
It’s a cute little concept — it’s nice to know what emoji nobody is using.
But that’s where things get interesting, because the battle for the least-used emoji has taken off.
High drama over at @leastUsedEmoji right now FYI everyone
— Emma Wortley (@emkawo) November 13, 2018
The Least-Used Emoji War of 2018
There are two main contenders in the least-used emoji war — the Aerial Tramway Emoji 🚡 and the Input symbol for Latin capital letters 🔠.
Throughout 2018, it has been a neck and neck race between the two for the title of the least-used emoji, with the third contestant in the race being the dark horse known as Non-potable water symbol emoji, which had an 80-day streak back in May as the least-used emoji, before dropping off.
🚱 (Non-potable water symbol) has been the least used emoji for 80 days
— Least Used Emoji Bot (@leastUsedEmoji) May 4, 2018
However, after the reign of the Non-potable water symbol ended, we spent the majority of the middle of the year living under the benign rule of the Aerial Tramway. Look at it up there, ferrying people from one mountain to another, maybe to hit the powder in some European skiing town. Sick.
It was a long period of Aerial tramwaying, and it was a beautiful time.
🚡 (Aerial tramway) has been the least used emoji for 77 days
— Least Used Emoji Bot (@leastUsedEmoji) July 21, 2018
However, this is where things get interesting. On July 22nd, out of NOWHERE came the Input symbol for Latin capital letters, and our tiny worlds were shaken. But here’s the thing — it wasn’t an accident. People were campaigning to get their beloved Aerial Tramway Emoji out of the least-used emoji category.
The least used emoji is now: 🔠 (Input symbol for latin capital letters)
— Least Used Emoji Bot (@leastUsedEmoji) July 22, 2018
People went off! They wanted to save that trundling little dude.
Now I feel bad for 🔠 😭
— claireóg (@clairethebear83) July 22, 2018
Battle lines were drawn!
I think it’s intrinsically less sympathetic than 🚡.
— VJ Kapur (@VJKapur) July 22, 2018
— Hatkid 🚡#ATLISA🔠 (@hatkid_) July 22, 2018
But recently (yesterday), the forces of the accidentally maligned Input symbol for Latin capital letters, or ISLCL, managed to rally and force Aerial Tramway back into the loser seat. A shocking upset!
The least used emoji is now: 🚡 (Aerial tramway)
— Least Used Emoji Bot (@leastUsedEmoji) November 12, 2018
🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡im sorry i let you down my king 🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡
— sexy santa christmas costume (@BigMacEater_) November 12, 2018
🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡ride high in the sky lil guy🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡🚡
— Alex (@bigmoodenergy) November 12, 2018
Since then, it’s been a constant battle back and forth, with neither emoji gaining prominence for more than a few hours. It’s nailbiting stuff! The battle rages as we speak.
What a day rollercoaster of emotion today has been
— Maycow, O Triste (@MywAntoneli) November 13, 2018
Bittersweet: 🚡 rises again, but must one day descend to pick up more passengers.
— Sam Fisheater (@SeaFisheater) November 13, 2018
Although a bunch of centrists have started organising to try and rescue BOTH emojis from the pile. Maybe the long-forgotten Non-Potable Water Symbol will rise again?
Okay @PrismaSimon, I've taken some time to think about it and I propose that we create the Aerial Tramway Latin Input Symbol Alliance, or ATLISA for short (that worked out better than I thought) where we all endeavour to lift both from the bottom with the following conditions 1/?
— Hatkid 🚡#ATLISA🔠 (@hatkid_) November 13, 2018
The #ATLISA appears to be vacant and we can help 🚡 and 🔠 rise together for the good of all emoji!
— Hatkid 🚡#ATLISA🔠 (@hatkid_) November 13, 2018
— turKennɅ̊n 🦃 (@KennanFrench) November 13, 2018
Tag Yourself, I’m Aerial Tramway
I think the thing I like about this war is that it’s inherently wholesome.
Neither emoji is really worse than its competitor, and taking sides essentially means nothing. In this time of bipartisan squabbling, of fierce political differences, it’s nice to just try and rescue an emoji from being the least-used of its colourful brethren.
I would say that I’m an Aerial Tramway Emoji stan — I like to think of mountains, of gliding gloriously above my competitors, of being useful.
ABCD go low.
We go HIGH 🚡 (and then low again). pic.twitter.com/inx5G0QKJg
— Dan #FBP🚡 (@DanW9) November 13, 2018
I feel like Latin Input Symbol is maybe a little bit fusty, a little bit elitist. A dead language. But then again, they are the underdogs, and they rallied to support a vaguely unloveable emoji — I kinda love that too.
Maybe there is no wrong side, and the joy is in simply creating a supportive community that rallies around a symbol, a figurehead.
Or maybe the Input Symbol For Latin Capital Letter camp must be crushed. Long live the Aerial Tramway!
What an aerial tramway of emotion today has been 🚡
— not with that catitude (@sir_blobfishh) November 13, 2018
Patrick Lenton is the Entertainment Editor at Junkee. He tweets @patricklenton.