Want to search for something using popular emoji characters? Microsoft’s Bing search engine now supports this.
Bing announced the news in a post today, sharing some examples of why you might want to do this. For one, perhaps you want to know what exactly a particular emoji means. Enter that into the search box, and Bing will tell you:
More interesting is that you can combine emoji with words. Don’t want to type out “donut?” Use that character along with others to find the best local donut place. Or combine the bride character with the shower character to find bridal shower info:
I tested it out, and it worked well to do searches for “sun” or “full moon” using only those characters:
Searching for burger and fries also worked:
But ultimately, search by emoji is likely more a novelty than a useful search feature.