What is a Frankerz?
This emote is a popular dog face Twitch emote used predominantly by the speedrunning community. Typing “FrankerZ” into chat will post an adorable miniature Dachshund’s face.
This emote has quite a few meanings, but first originated on January 31, 2012. The story goes: “Streamer, Ernest Le, would occasionally speak in a different voice while referring to himself as “FrankerZ” (his dog). When Ernie joined the Twitch staff he had to leave his dog Frankie behind. Staff member Eileen added the dog face emoticon to cheer up Ernie, who missed his dog Frankie.”
From there, the popular emote began its REIGN over the speedrunning community!
Its first major appearance was at the Sandython Marathon speedrunning event. This speedrunning marathon was one of the first successful speedrunning marathons. Donations were not streaming in like they do at events like GQD. The expectations from the viewing audience was that each comment was read in its entirety.
Popular streamer Go1den, volunteered 12 hours per day during the marathon to act as commentator. One of the contributors, Garrison, submitted a message and included over 20 FrankerZ emotes at the end of his donation message. Go1den read all of these dog faces. This moment cemented the emote’s place in speedrunning history! After the Sandython Marathon speedrunning event ended, the FrankerZ song was born.
The story according to Kyle’s blog:(http://kpulv.com/171/Dog_Face_No_Space/)
“When I added trading cards and emoticons to Steam through Offspring Fling, one of the emoticons I added was a tribute to FrankerZ, a Twitch emoticon used heavily by the speedrunning community. I chose :dogface: for the Steam emoticon because people in Twitch chat try to troll new users by typing “FrankerZ = Dog Face with no space.” At first, Twitch had an issue with me using an emoticon that looked like the Frankie emote, so I had to remove it. After some more communication and help from Twitch, I was able to get the okay to use it on Steam. Twitch figured it would be funny to wrap up the story with putting me as an emote in Twitch chat… so there I am! DogFace on Twitch is me (Kyle Pulver)!”
If you type in DogFace (with no space) in chat, the emote is a picture of Kyle sticking out his tongue.
A quick “did you know” Frankie’s slightly lesser known brother is also a miniature Dachshund emote, RalpherZ.
Sandython Marathon (Origin of the song):
Cheers to Mr. Ernest Lee:
Host: Patrick Ryan – @patchryan
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