Have you noticed lately that, on Twitter, people have been changing their user name to something that looks a bit funky – at least font-wise?
I’ve noticed it and it just kind of went on the back burner but it came back during a quiet moment over the Christmas Holidays and I decided to do some learning to see how difficult it was to do. As it turns out, it’s not very hard at all.
Those who have ever worked in a couple of languages know that there are all kinds of characters available other than those that appear on the top of the keys on your keyboard.
I started out by looking through my bookshelf for a book that might have an index with all of the characters available (every good computer programming reference book has one). But, I stopped mid-reach. Surely, there must be an online reference – of course there is – here’s one.
It’s a big table and the various control characters open up a world of characters for your computer. It’s very useful – I can remember when we used to memorize popular codes – particularly for French character when your keyboard is set for English. Henceforth, this will be known as old-school.
Using the above utility, it’s just a matter of clicking on the desired character where a pop-up gives you the character that you could copy/paste into place.
There’s an quicker way – particularly if you’re just interested in changing your Twitter appearance. Head over here to the Twitter Fonts Generator.
If you’ve ever used Google Translate, you’ve got the necessary skill in your hip pocket. Your name goes into the window on the left and, in this case, a number of options appear on the right.
Select and copy the one that you want and head over to your Twitter profile to edit things… Paste your name in place and away you go.
Now, I guess I’m just a fairly subtle in my approach. I found one that looks kind of bold and italic and decided to use that.
This one just isn’t me.
However, it might be you.
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