The above image is pulled from: WeiboScope – published by the JMSC at HKU - which looks at the most popular emoticons from Weibo over the last 48hrs. It also has some other fascinating analysis tools for those who are clueless about China’s social media scene.
I’d love to see how this would work globally. I wonder what the analysis would show. For example, Is the ‘covered mouth laugh’ something that gets used more in cultures that are more polite?
Update: After being branded a social media credit taking scumbag I’m offering a begrudgingly gentle nod of the head towards my old friend @igorclark who, to be fair, did originally sent an email with a link to WeiboScope’s image analysis tool.