Sometimes it’s the small things in life that make a difference. Along those lines, Twitter has begun showing emoji characters — the small, cartoon-like figures most often used when typing on a mobile device — on its main Twitter.com website.

That’s a nice little development for those of us who use Twitter on the Web on a regular basis.

It means you’ll see fewer squares like this:

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And more characters like this:

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One small thing though. It appears that emojis aren’t supported in tweets that are embedded on websites.

Could this mean that Twitter one day offers stickers like every messaging app under the sun? We think not, but with Twitter’s tinkering now extending to an experiment that replaces its iconic retweet with a ‘share’ button, anything is possible.

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