Why Do Flag Emoji Count As Two Characters? | YouTube

View the original here: http://ift.tt/1mb4YBc

A great youtube video by Tom Scott

http://tomscott.com – http://ift.tt/GBsrK4 – If you’ve tried to tweet a national flag emoji lately — I can’t imagine why — you’ll have noticed that you can only fit 70 of them into a tweet. The reason why is buried in a bit of technical specification, and shows how your phone can lie to you…

Links for mobile users:
Why you can tweet more in Japanese: what counts as a character? http://ift.tt/1ke2iWj
And, until the Computerphile video proper’s uploaded, my old treatise on UTF-8: http://ift.tt/1adZr9E

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