This company tried to figure out Maine’s most popular emojii

Swiftkey, a smartphone keyboard app, came out the other day with an analysis of its users’ emoji use based on where they are in the country.

The company said it analyzed more than 1 billion emoji used over a year starting last June.

Here’s the gist:

  • The volcano is the “top” emoji used in Maine. (I explain below).
  • The balloon and thumbs up emoji are the most used in the state, though.
  • The two men holding hands, the praying hands, and the skull emoji are used less than the average.

Let’s break it down:

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Maine’s top emoji is where it gets confusing. According to Swiftkey, which used data from users of its cloud sync service, the “top” emoji in Maine is the volcano.

This state may have reportedly had supervolcanoes along the coast, but it’s not really known for them like Hawaii, or even Washington state.

But in Maine, the volcano emoji is used more than eight times the national average, representing .17 percent of all emoji sent in the state, according to Swiftkey spokeswoman Jennifer Kutz, who declined to share how many Maine users were tallied.

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Corn is big in Iowa, Louisiana has an apparent preoccupation with death and guns, and Utah likes lollipops.

Here’s a link to Swiftkey’s interactive map showing the results of each state.

And if you want to space out for a few minutes, check out this visualization of real-time emoji use on Twitter.


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Dan MacLeod

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Dan MacLeod is the managing editor of the Bangor Daily News. He's an Orland native who first moved to Portland in 2002. He's been a journalist since 2008, and previously worked for the New York Post and the Brooklyn Paper.