We’ve gotten used to this level of cleanliness, and now take the rigid borders and ordered structure of Facebook and Twitter for granted. They’re utterly predictable, which is why it’s so much fun when someone finds a tweet that breaks Twitter, and why Glitchr, a Facebook account devoted to collecting posts that break or distort Facebook, is so fucking satisfying.
Forget Facebook. Come over to Faceboo͐ͩͪ̐͌̏̑̚̕͢ ╪..
Diacritics are accent marks used to indicate the type of pronunciation a certain word infers. Diacritics are used in Latin script, but are also specific to other alphabetic systems such as the vowel pointing scripts of the Arabic harakat.
By stacking diacritics and deploying an age-old arsenal of ASCII tricks, Glitchr has found ways to drive wedges into Facebook’s seams, pull them apart, and spill the site’s guts into the open.
In the context of Glitchr’s chaotic page, some of the most technically impressive posts don’t stand out — the one above includes forms, which Facebook users shouldn’t be able to create at all; the one below duplicated my chat list in the newsfeed, which is basically an exploit. It’s a hack, to be sure. Just not a malign one.
Glitchr’s own page is a glorious mess, assuming you can even get it to load. But the account’s true power is only clear when it breaks into newsfeeds. My Facebook feed is predictable to a fault, and its visual uniformity is enough to make me tune out. If someone shares an interesting story, I might well miss it. But a Glitchr post? Not a chance.
- The election is really, really over now: Jill Stein has dropped her Pennsylvania recount request, making Donald Trump the absolute winner.
- At least 9 are dead and 25 missing after a warehouse party fire in Oakland, CA. Dozens of fatalities are feared.
- Cuba prepares to bury Fidel Castro: his ashes arrived in Santiago Saturday, the city where he declared his socialist revolution victorious.
- This 23--year-old got her lost driver's license back in the mail along with a hilarious thank you note 📝😂