BTS has become the first K-pop act to fetch a Twitter emoji! It features a bulletproof vest in homage to the group’s Korean name, which translates to ‘Bulletproof Boy Scouts’.
— 트위터 대한민국 (@TwitterKR) 13 May 2016
It comes when BTS is all set to kick-start its Asia tour and perform at two KCON events in the United States this summer. BTS emoji was just launched in the morning of May 13 to search and track BTS fans across the world in a global contest, Soompi reported. Fans can use the hashtags #BTS and #방탄소년단 to see the emoji and participate in the contest. The emoji will be used to track BTS’s fan’s interaction over the next month to find the best BTS fans. The five countries with the most tweets using the hashtags will get special video messages from BTS. Allkpop noted that, currently, their most active fans on Twitter are in South Korea, Japan, the Philippines, the United States and Indonesia, but the competition is open to BTS fans throughout the world.
— BTS_official (@bts_bighit) 13 May 2016
The group, who recently released their album The Most Beautiful Moment In Life Young Forever, has one of the most widespread Twitter presences amongst K-pop acts and was a top Twitter global music trend of 2015.
BTS is one of the most active K-pop groups on Twitter, making it no surprise that they were chosen to be the first K-pop act to be given a featured emoji, it said. Twitter Korea chose a group selfie as the Golden Tweet of 2015. Billboard noted that BTS joins the likes of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Justin Bieber and the NBA All-Star Games, among others, as one of the social media presences to garner their own emoji campaign on Twitter as a special event.