Use Special Characters To Make Your Tweets Stand Out

Use Special Characters to Make Your Tweets Stand Out

Your tweet can easily go unnoticed in the fast-paced updates of a Twitter timeline. To stand out and grab eyeballs, try using special characters, says media coach Shawne Duperon.

Unicode symbols are nothing new, and Twitter supports them as a single character out of its 140-character limit. Duperon says the jarring effect of these characters in an otherwise plain-text timeline gets noticed:

"Use icons such as arrows, music notes or even hearts Including a non-text character can help your message stand out from the sea of 140-character tweets your followers are seeing."

Duperon particularly likes the way "alt 16" becomes "►," which can be used at the beginning of a tweet to draw attention to the message.

The Alt+numpad strategy is good, but it will be difficult to remember those combinations. Instead, you can rely on apps such as CatchChar for Windows, Characters for OS X or CopyPasteCharacter for iPhone or the web.

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Comments

    Honestly seeing special characters makes me more likely to skim straight by a post

    "Duperon says the jarring effect of these characters in an otherwise plain-text timeline gets noticed"

    Hey, you know what word I want people to associate with me? Jarring.

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