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Twitter celebrates #YearOfTheDog with a shiba inu emoji

As one of the integral parts of some of our favourite internet GIFs and a member of the Chinese Zodiac, its only fitting that the dog gets its own Twitter emoji to celebrate the Chinese New Year, and the Year of the Dog.

If you’re just waking up, don’t worry, you hadn’t just missed 1 January. And although the Chinese New Year doesn’t coincide with the Gregorian calendar’s idea of New Year, it is nonetheless special to the most populous nation on Earth, and a slew of others across the world.

As a result, Twitter has seen it fit to craft its own shiba inu emoji that will appear alongside celebratory hashtags.

For English-speaking users, this includes #LunarNewYear, #YearOfTheDog, #HappyLunarNewYear, #CNY, #ChineseNewYear, #HappyChineseNewYear, and #GongXiFaCai, along with a number of others in other languages.

twitter year of the dog emoji

Celebrations will officially begin on 16 February, and run until 2 March 2018.

And while the doggo emoji may be a temporary Twitter novelty, you can look forward to a slew of new universal emoji — from raccoons to superheroes — coming to devices and social networks this year.

Author | Andy Walker: Editor

Andy Walker: Editor
Camper by day, run-and-gunner by night, Andy prefers his toast like his coffee -- dark and crunchy. Specialising in spotting the next big Instagram cat star, Andy also dabbles in smartphone, gadget and game reviews over on Gearburn. More

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