Monday, August 26, 2013

Secret hack allows wacky fonts in Twitter

It's been around since 2009, but "unusual projects" guy Isaac Hepworth at Twitter let the cat out of the bag this week.  Via a unicode converter text box page you can access here, anything you enter into the text box and hit "enter" is displayed in a couple dozen different fonts and text effects.  Copy and paste the results into twitter and you have text weirdness that you either a)didn't know was possible or b)saw once and wondered how they did that.  Some of them are purely annoying, like the upside down, backwards-letter, and fake Thai and Cyrillic alphabets.  But you never know when you might want to tweet in square boxed letters, italic script, or Gothic-styled Fraktur.

Hunter Communications Original News Source:
Digital Trends

Link to article:

Excerpt: "Before today, we had to take a page from of the Kanye West School of Capitalizing Everything if we wanted to emphasize something on Twitter. Or do *this* which is almost more annoying THAN THIS. Although Twitter let users tweet emojis, it didn’t offer options for switching up font size or underlining our most important tweets.

But no longer. Isaac Hepworth, who works on special projects at Twitter, unveiled the secret to spicing up your tweets with special characters.
Hepworth linked to a Unicode text converter, and it makes putting tweets into special characters extremely easy. Just type the tweet into the converter and it will show all of the options, which include basics like bold, italics, and script, as well as more unusual choices like Faux Cyrillic and upside-down text. You then just copy and paste the sentence or phrase into your Twitter text box, and there you have it: fancy tweets."

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