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Why Do Flag Emoji Count As Two Characters?

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Published on Jun 23, 2014

http://tomscott.com - http://twitter.com/tomscott - 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://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOcxwR...
And, until the Computerphile video proper's uploaded, my old treatise on UTF-8: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mijmeo...

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