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9 Tweets That Break Twitter

You can do a lot with 140 characters. Let's turn Twitter into MySpace, circa 2005.

Posted on March 30, 2012, at 1:03 p.m. ET

1. Character lumping

Twitter: @!/Rhodes411/status/146268522325086208

Certain kinds of characters are tiny and stackable, and in high concentrations form a solid body.

2. Trick fonts

Twitter: @!/harej/status/179669953367121920

It's not a different font, technically: these characters are actually hidden within unicode. So are the characters used to build the next three.

3. Triangle bombing

Twitter: @!/tphd/status/182179997627334657

4. Letter flipping

Twitter: @!/nhatureboy/status/183661772375474176

5. Accent stacking

Twitter: @!/glitchr_/status/170258801100992512

6. 125 spaces

Twitter: @ahuj9

There's no reason you can't use most of your 140 characters on line breaks. This works better in clients — the Twitter homepage eliminates multiple spaces.

7. Diacritic overflow

Twitter: @!/glitchr_

These unicode characters are intended to help render non-English languages. They're also handy for breaking out of tweet borders.


Twitter: @!/jwherrman/status/185764687709868032

Use this site to type pretty much anything in ⒷⓊⒷⒷⓁⒺⓈ

9. ASCII Art

Twitter: @!/spergers/status/161589123092709376

It's only appropriate to let a Geocities page explain this one.