Your final answer will respond to the question "Why don't I like Twitter that much?"

Like usual, I'll confirm any sub-answers if you find them

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Here's the link to the puzzle on Twitter.

Here's the text of the puzzle:

hot new vow⊔N⌶ⅽ✜ዐᛊfirsts🐌🌮🚇✒🔑

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    $\begingroup$ Bounties should be available for both questions and answers. $\endgroup$
    – wizzwizz4
    Aug 13, 2017 at 11:10
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    $\begingroup$ We need to get this to 140 upvotes. $\endgroup$ Aug 13, 2017 at 12:46
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    $\begingroup$ Actually, with newlines, it is 144 chars. $\endgroup$
    – NH.
    Aug 13, 2017 at 23:55
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    $\begingroup$ Please do a writeup! $\endgroup$ Aug 21, 2017 at 4:29
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    $\begingroup$ You'll have to do a puzzle in 280 characters now :P $\endgroup$ Nov 10, 2017 at 22:15

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NOTE: If you upvote this, please upvote the puzzle itself too! It took far more effort to make than my solution did.


This is a word square:
Extract the letters in the positions 2, 5, 5, 8, 7, 9 on a phone keypad to get ACCENT.


The first part (before the colon) says "ROT193".
Logically, that's ROT180 + ROT13.
So, do that to everything after the colon - flip it upside down (rot180), decode as Braille, then rot13 it to get ATONE.


Turn your head sideways - it reads as "BELOW VISCOUNT", and the rank below Viscount is BARON.


Start with the section left of the arrow. Those are characters from various languages: SE, MA, PHO, and RE. So we interpret the things right of the arrow as flag semaphore to get COLOGNE.


You can rearrange these to get ĆOṈ$ŪMṖŦİVẸĿY. The accents there are Morse code for TORI, and "Tori, consumptively" is a crossword clue (though oddly phrased) for DONUTS.

A hot new vow

This is just a cryptic clue for OATH. (Thanks, Sp3000!)


This says "Unicode firsts", but in a weird way. Take the characters that make up "Unicode", look them up in Unicode, and take the first letters of the official names to get SLASHER.


This is simply a rebus.
Before the minus sign we have SNAIL TACO METRO PEN KEY STOP HATCH. After, we have NAIL COMET OPEN KEYS TOP HAT. Removing the latter from the former gives us S[nail]TA[comet]R[open][keys][tophat]CH, or STARCH.


The middle symbol (that looks like a circled plus sign) means "exclusive or" - basically, overlap and remove anything that's black in both symbols. Do that to the six symbols on either side and you get the word THRASH.


All the words are made up of a punctuation mark with two letters inserted (or on the sides). For instance, COLO(g)N(e) --> COLON and (t)H(r)ASH --> HASH. Those punctuation marks appear twice each in the text after "META:". Replace the two occurrences with the two extra letters, in order.
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You don't like Twitter because it has NOT ENOUGH CHARACTER!

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    $\begingroup$ Off the scale!! $\endgroup$
    – Strawberry
    Aug 11, 2017 at 14:46
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    $\begingroup$ Where is that +10 button? $\endgroup$
    – xhienne
    Aug 11, 2017 at 18:22
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    $\begingroup$ I wish I could watch a recording of your train of thought solving this. $\endgroup$
    – Jack M
    Aug 12, 2017 at 17:44
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    $\begingroup$ Amazing but as far as I can see your answer doesn't account for "#📌♠💦", characters four through seven. Or am I missing something? $\endgroup$
    – pateksan
    Dec 29, 2019 at 0:25
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    $\begingroup$ @pateksan It's part of the word square. (A word square is a square arrangement of letters where you can see words reading both across and down. Those are the "down" words.) $\endgroup$
    – Deusovi
    Dec 29, 2019 at 0:58

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