Check Out What Twitter Is Doing to Celebrate #HappyNewYear

By Justin Lafferty Comment

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The year 2016 starts well before the ball drops in New York City’s Times Square. Twitter is giving users all over the globe a new emoji (activated by a hashtag) to celebrate the new year.

Twitter is also partnering with Times Square New Year’s Eve, allowing the global Twitter conversation to be displayed prominently in Times Square and broadcasts all over the world.

A special firework emoji will be activated when a Twitter user tweets #HappyNewYear — and the functionality is available in more than 35 languages.

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Arabic: #سنة_جديدة_سعيدة#
Bengali: #হ্যাপিনিউইয়ার
Chinese (simplified): #新年快乐
Chinese (traditional): #新年快樂
Czech: #StastnyNovyRok
Danish: #GodtNytår
Dutch: #GelukkigNieuwJaar
English: #HappyNewYear
Farsi: #سال‌نومبارک
Finnish: #OnnellistaUuttaVuotta
French: #BonneAnnée
German: #FrohesNeuesJahr
Greek: #KaliXronia
Gujarati: #હેપીન્યૂયર
Hebrew: #שנהאזרחיתטובה
Hindi: #नववर्षकीशुभकामनाएँ
Hungarian: #BoldogÚjÉvet
Indonesian: #SelamatTahunBaru
Italian: #FeliceAnnoNuovo
Kannada: #ಹ್ಯಾಪಿನ್ಯೂಇಯರ್
Malay: #SelamatTahunBaru
Malayalam: #ഹാപ്പിന്യൂഇയർ
Marathi: #हैप्पीन्यूयर
Norwegian: #GodtNyttÅr
Polish: #SzczęśliwegoNowegoRoku
Portuguese: #FelizAnoNovo
Punjabi: #ਹੈਪੀਨਿਊਯੀਅਰ
Romanian: #LaMulțiAni
Russian: #СНовымГодом
Spanish: #FelizAñoNuevo
Swedish: #GottNyttÅr
Tagalog-Philippines: #ManigongBagongTaon
Tamil: #ஹேப்பிநியூஇயர்
Telegu: #తెలుగు
Thai: #สวัสดีปีใหม่
Turkish: #MutluYıllar
Ukrainian: #ЗНовимРоком
Urdu: #نیا_سال_مبارک

There’s another way to join the global conversation and have your tweet displayed for millions: with the #BallDrop hashtag. Twitter explained in a blog post how it is partnering with Times Square New Year’s Eve:

To enliven the global New Year’s celebration happening on Twitter to parties on the ground, we have partnered with the Times Square Alliance (@timessquarenyc) and Countdown Entertainment, the co-organizers of Times Square New Year’s Eve in New York City, to showcase the global conversation.

For the first time, Tweets and videos will be on display on the large screens directly underneath the famous Times Square Ball (@TimesSquareBall) as well as on other screens in the area for the one million or so revelers filling Times Square.

Further, the celebration will extend beyond those crowded blocks: Times Square New Year’s Eve shares content with broadcasters all over the world, and more than one billion people are expected to watch the historic Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball Drop on TV. Through this international display, we’ll be ringing in 2016 from Sydney to Honolulu and everywhere in between.

Readers: How are you celebrating New Year’s Eve?

Top image courtesy of Raj Singh on Flickr. Firework emoji courtesy of Twitter.

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