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"Funny", an emoji created in China, which is also used on the largest Chinese communication platform Tieba of the Internet giant Baidu, now seems to be used outside of China as well.

As one of the most popular emojis on Tieba, the "Funny" emoji has received the most attention since it was released in 2013.

It is more than just an emoji, rather it serves as a cultural representative that is now also winning the global market for itself.

A number of emojis based on "Funny" have caught the attention of Japanese customers on the online shopping site Amazon Japan.

Even the price, which, at 1,750 yen ($ 16.73), is three times higher than in China, does not tarnish their desire to buy.

Japanese customer Miki said, “You are just so cute! I bought three at a time for my family and me. And every time I see them, it lifts my mood enormously. "

“I think the emojis have a very complicated meaning. People can interpret them differently. My father, for example, sends them when he doesn't agree, has to say something and wants to be polite. For a friend, they are pure fun, ”explains Japanese internet user Kiro Kara.

As one of the most popular emojis on Tieba, the "Funny" emoji has received the most attention since it was released in 2013.

Domestic social media growth

“Droll” (left) and the revised “Funny” (right) in comparison.

Compared to the impressions of the Japanese users of the emoji "Funny", the Chinese are more likely to use them to make fun of each other on social media.

A comment on the emoji that is often seen on the Chinese version of Quora Zhihu is: “We require Tieba to stop using the emojis. Because every time someone sends me this emoji, it makes me uncomfortable and I feel like a fool. "

In fact, "Funny" is a renewed version of the "Droll" emoji. In comparison, "Funny" has a slightly open mouth, red cheeks and two eyebrows. All of these features give users a sense of satire, according to an insider.

If you think that emotions alone are responsible for emojis' online success, you are wrong. In the past few years, "Funny" has gone through some transformations and gradually embedded itself on the Internet.

For example, it's the first emoji on Tieba that can be used in different color variations: red, orange, green, blue, turquoise and purple. If the users send them all together using the direct button, this increases their effect.

"Funny" is now popular in many different situations and is also attracting attention outside of Tieba. "Funny" with a duvet, as a police officer or smoking caused a sensation on Chinese social media.

"Funny" with a duvet, as a police officer or smoking is well received by all Chinese users.

Daily use abroad

Yao Mings's emoji appears regularly in traffic and reminds road users that it is a one-way street.

This is not the first time that the Chinese emojis have hit the world stage. Earlier this year, an emoji of the Chinese basketball player Yao Ming was spread as far as the Middle East. In Luxor, a city in southern Egypt, Yao's emoji even appears regularly in traffic and reminds road users that it is a one-way street.

To everyone's surprise, many locals don't know Yao Ming at all, but are familiar with his emoji and nickname “Chinese Funny Face”. In addition, the emoji was selected by the Egyptian, English-language daily newspaper Egyptian Gazette as the cover picture for its humorous column “Serious but funny”.

In addition, thanks to the great influence of the Chinese version of Twitter Sina Weibo, many well-known stars from the West, such as Leonardo DiCaprio or Madonna, have opened a personal account on the platform.

Many Chinese fans are very enthusiastic about it and greet the stars with funny pictures of the celebrities themselves, which has particularly attracted the foreign media. The US private Internet media company Buzzfeed reported on this cultural phenomenon.

As the rising Internet language, emojis have become an integral part of many people's everyday lives. Emojis help express views in a livelier and more precise way. It can also help foreigners learn about Chinese culture and language.

Emojis are also often called "the fifth invention of China". But how you can use them without hurting anyone, or how you can gain commercial advantages from them, that still has to be answered.

Many well-known stars from the west, such as Leonardo DiCaprio or Madonna, have opened a personal account on Sina Weibo.