The Most Tweeted Emoji About Taylor Swift Isn’t A Snake, But It’s Still Pretty Great
After all the hoopla surrounding Taylor Swift's decision to purge her social media accounts last Thursday, and the mysterious snake teasers she shared shortly after, the 1989 singer finally decided to put fan theories to rest. On Wednesday, Swift announced her new album Reputation is dropping Nov. 10, with the first single expected to hit the scene Thursday, Aug. 24. Needless to say, all of the Swifties officially lost their collective mind on Twitter. But according to a post from the platform's Senior Communications Manager Siobhan Murphy, the most tweeted emoji about Swift isn't what you'd expect.
On first thought, anyone that's paid the slightest bit of attention to T. Swift's solar eclipse takeover would've expected the most popular emoji by to be a snake. But seeing as the 27-year-old pop star completely took the world by surprise by both wiping her accounts clean and sharing dark, cryptic snake video, the eyes emoji totally took the cake. The snake emoji, however, was a close second, followed by the screaming emoji in third.
Swift was dubbed a snake back in the summer of 2016 after a series of celebrity beefs came to a brutal and very public head. A mixture of Swift's longstanding gripe with Katy Perry, having a bitter breakup with artist Calvin Harris, and denying that she gave permission to Kanye West to use her name in his The Life Of Pablo track "Famous" — only to have Kim Kardashian publish a Snapchat video where Swift seems to be heard doing so — resulted in her social media accounts being pummeled with the infamous snake emoji by opposing fans.
And after almost a year of keeping her life under wraps, Swift has reemerged, seemingly reclaiming the very term that had been used to keep her down for so long. Now, using the snake emoji in regards to the "Bad Blood" singer no longer translates to anything vile or deceitful. But rather, it's a symbol of empowerment to Swifties everywhere, as seen in the tweets below.
Still, the eyes emoji nabbing the top spot fits the narrative for two reasons: One, fans were sure that Swift clearing out all of her social media accounts was connected to a new music announcement coming sooner than later. And two, there are quite a few people out there who are still skeptical of her motives, and are side-eyeing what may be less-than-sincere actions. Either way, having fans — both die-hard and opposing — using that particular emoji to express their feelings in regards to the artist totally added up.
And in terms of the emojis collectively used with the Reputation reactions, they're a far cry from those used just three years prior when the singer announced her sweet and sassy 1989 release date, and the dark and emo hints dropped by T. Swift herself this time around definitely help to show why.
According to another tweet from Murphy, the most common emojis used regarding Swift in 2014 were on the sweeter end. The music note came in first, the praise hands emoji grabbed second, and the heart eyes emoji closed in at third. But with a single like "Shake It Off" leading the charge, anything less than sugary just wouldn't have made sense in the world of Twitter reactions.
If anything, the reaction emojis tweeted for Reputation compared to those of 1989 just show that Swift fans will support whichever turn the singer decides to take her music — dark or otherwise. And Thursday when Swift releases her first single off of the fall project, Swifties will know just how gloomy it will be.