The most used emoji by Twitter users in 2015

Did the past year make you feel 😀, 😱 or 😤? Twitter's 2015 retrospective may refresh your memory. 

The social media giant on Monday unveiled its annual year-end review to commemorate the defining moments and biggest trends of the last 12 months. It also included a list of the most popular emojis by usage. 

Take a look at this year's most-beloved pictographs:

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The "face with tears of joy" character, better known as 😂,  topped Twitter's charts, followed by 😍 ("smiling face with heart-shaped eyes) and 😭 ("loudly crying face").

The popularity of 😂 should come as no surprise. After all, the emoji was recently named 2015's "word of the year" by Oxford Dictionaries, sparking an intense online discussion about the less-than-orthodox choice. (It's safe to assume that the debate contributed to the emoji's popularity on Twitter and other social networks.) 

In a statement about the choice, President of Oxford Dictionaries Casper Grathwohl wrote: "You can see how traditional alphabet scripts have been struggling to meet the rapid-fire, visually focused demands of 21st-century communication. It’s not surprising that a pictographic script like emoji has stepped in to fill those gaps -- it’s flexible, immediate, and infuses tone beautifully."

Earlier this year, mobile technology business SwiftKey found that 😂 made up 20 percent of all the emojis used in the United Kingdom in 2015, and 17 percent of those in the United States -- a rapid increase from 4 percent and 9 percent, respectively, in 2014.

To see the rest of Twitter's 2015 trends, head to the site's year-in-review page. We hope those memories will make you 😂, for the most part. 

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