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Why the #AskObama Tweet was Garbled on Screen

October 9, 2011 Leave a comment

the garbled tweet:

the explanation:

FWIW, this was an intense project to pull off. 1000’s of tweets per minute from Twitter, 8000 requests per second on http://askobama.twitter.com (where the same tweet was also delivered by us and rendered correctly).

We’re not lazy or sloppy… It basically boiled down to one server sent down the right header…the production one didn’t.

Unicode issues are sorta in the class of “gotcha” issue. They happen, you go “oh shit” and fix them right away. Our “oh shit” moment just happened to come at the most intense possible moment….in front of the president, with so many watching.

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