Where does come from?
The spider emoji was approved by the Unicode Consortium in 2014 along with its compatriots the spider web and scorpion. The model for the emoji is the funnel web spider, a deadly creature native to Australia whose venom is a mix of potent toxins that can reportedly kill a person in minutes.
This spider emoji varies across platforms from its terrifying realism with dimensional shading and pointy legs on Apple to a googly-eyed dangling arachnid on Google. Twitter is more abstract but still has enough detail to show pinchers, and Facebook is a bristling terror with slender claws.
Who uses ?
People who both love and fear actual spiders use the spider emoji to refer to the creature roaming in nature (or trapped in jars!).
Since spiders are associated with the dark arts, Goths, or fans of Black and Death metal music they tend to tag their posts with this eight-legged emoji.
Expect to see a spike in spider emoji use around Halloween because of its spooky associations.
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Fans of the Marvel superhero Spiderman use the emoji in appreciation posts as well.
Spider-Man is real! 🕷️😂 pic.twitter.com/A0DP9xli61
— SpeakComedy (@SpeakComedy) September 22, 2018
Finally, the feminist artist Louis Bourgeois was known for crafting enormous sculptures of spiders, so expect to find the emoji in posts about this pioneering contemporary artist.
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Louise Bourgeois | Spider Couple (2003) Spiders 🕷🕷are an important theme in the work of Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010). However, and even though the sculptures are most famous, their first representations in Bourgeois' work actually were drawings in the 1940s when it was not until the mid-1990s that this motif was realised in sculptural form. This spider motif has often been used by Bourgeois to represent her mother – as in one of her biggest spider sculptures that is called 'Maman'. This couple here could then be a representation of the artist herself with her mother. #LouiseBourgeois #SpiderCouple
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