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.
But not everyone is enthusiastic about this development.
And they might have a point – some of these font options are genuinely helpful, like italics, but a lot of them are kind of annoying to look at. And we all know that giving users free reign over design can turn a social network into an aesthetic terrorscape (cough, MySpace, cough) so this might end up making Twitter uglier.
Then again, people who are really bothered by users who tweet in fancy characters can just block them and keep their Twitter experience old school, so who cares?
As long as they don’t make a Comic Sans option, it’ll be OK.
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