People usually use emoji to express things without having to use words. They still understand it, anyway. However, Google would not recognize it. In fact, before emoji search were enabled back in May, people got "no results found". But just recently, the tech company is extending its emoji search capability to Twitter.
When you tag Google in your tweet with an emoji message and no words at all, the search engine will be able to interpret it. Google's Twitter handle will send you a reply tweet with relevant results, according to Mashable. For instance, when you use a food emoji, Google will provide a link to search results of where you can find that food.
If you are currently craving for burger or ice cream, just tweet @Google with the burger or ice cream emoji. It will respond with a map and a list of shops or restaurants where you can buy them. An umbrella emoji will help you determine whether or not it will rain in your place, according to CNET. Or if you have not bought your Christmas tree yet, use the emoji and Google will show you results of the nearest Christmas tree plantation.
But Google will not be able to give you answers for all the emojis you tweet. Apparently, this feature only supports 200 emojis among the 1,400 Unicode symbols. Though they have not elaborated which emojis Google responds to on Twitter. They want the users to discover it themselves. Twitter users should also expect some "easter eggs". Before you use this feature, you probably have to turn on your location services in Twitter. Otherwise, it will not be able to give you such results since it has to know your location.
Emojis are especially useful in Twitter because of the social media platform's 140-character limit. People have made use of it to communicate instead of words. Back in July, Adweek reported that data visualization company Domo discovered that Twitter users actually send 9,678 emoji-filled tweets in a minute. That's almost 600,000 tweets an hour.
For Google to enable emoji search on Twitter, they are capitalizing on the popular use of these unique characters. Back in May, Google has already enabled emoji search in its engine. People can search doughnut or pizza with a doughnut or pizza emoji. Google previously do not support the emojis and would display "no results found".
If you have not discovered this new feature yet, try tweeting @Google with emojis now and be surprised with its replies.