The increasingly ubiquitous picture characters known as emoji have broken into a whole new frontier — Twitter on the web. Twitter enlisted Twitterrific developer The Iconfactory to design its own character set for web tweets, allowing for a much-improved experience across platforms; until now, emoji support was limited to Twitter apps on systems with the characters built in, like Android, iOS, or OS X.

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The new emoji aren't yet fully compatible with embedded tweets, however. On Windows, each character appears as a blank square unless you click through to the tweet itself, and other platforms display their regular set. Still, the expansion to the standard web should result in a lot fewer tweets that appear confusingly devoid of emotion.