68 years after the Indian Constitution first came into force, the country celebrates Republic Day once again, in the time of a social media revolution. At a time when we share most of the events and festivals in our on social media, Twitter has presented Indian users with a new emoji to do the same.
The microblogging platform has introduced a special Twitter emoji on their platform to commemorate the occasion with their Indian users, which began at 8 am on 25th January, and will be available to use until 27th January.
— Twitter India (@TwitterIndia) January 25, 2017
“Twitter is evolving as an everyday companion for its users. The platform is now synonymous to live, public conversations for interests, cultural moments and big public events taking place around the world. Twitter has been adding a zing to the celebrations with the emojis, that have become a popular form of expression on the platform, and are a fun way to be part of conversations across borders. We are thrilled to give users a new way to join in the public conversation on Republic Day,” said Mahima Kaul, Head of Public Policy & Government, at Twitter India.
Twitter users can wish one another with the special Republic Day emoji when they tweet with the following hashtags, #RepublicDay or #HappyRepublicDay or #RepublicDay2017. Twitter has gone a step further to truly accommodate the diverse lingual nature of the Indian audience as the hashtag can be activated with a number of languages, such as Hindi – #गणतंत्रदिवस, Bengali – #প্রজাতন্ত্রদিবস, Gujarati – #પ્રજાસત્તાકદિન, Kannada – #ಗಣರಾಜ್ಯೋತ್ಸವ, Tamil – #குடியரசுதினம், Urdu – #یوم جمہوریہ and Marathi – #प्रजासत्ताकदिवस
Here are some of the tweets that utilized the Republic Day emoji,
— Farah Khan (@farah_khan081) January 25, 2017
— Dr. Archika Didi (@drarchikadidi) January 25, 2017
— Apolina De (@apolina_de) January 25, 2017
Previously, Twitter has showered personal attention to India by introducing special Twitter emoji for various momentous and popular occasions and festivals such as Diwali, the 10th season of Bigg Boss, and Koffee with Karan.