Not understanding Twitter’s red flag trend? 🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩
The trend started with people posting something that’s a bit of “red flag” warning and then adding a number of red flags emojis right after it. So, the meme started out pretty literal.
Then social media turned the trend on its ear. And brands have even jumped in on the trend, which often indicates it is becoming too popular and will soon die down. Once politicians jump on the red flag emoji trend, well, it’s over.
Per CNET, Twitter said it has seen a 455% increase in tweets using the emoji over the last week. In fact, there were 1.5 million red flag emoji tweets on Tuesday across the world.
So how did the trend start? According to The Mary Sue, the trend began when Black Twitter users shared some of the red flags they encountered in the dating world, like someone being slow to text back.
going all day without talking to me 🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩— I N A (@inaflorescaa) October 12, 2021
But the trend evolved into something more ... general. People wrapped sports opinions, pop culture and political issues into their discussions along with the red flags. Some of their posts are jokes. Here are some other great uses of the emoji trend as seen on social media.
"i've never had a hot pocket" 🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩— Hot Pockets (@hotpockets) October 13, 2021
“I don’t like Indian food”🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩— Padma Lakshmi (@PadmaLakshmi) October 13, 2021
“My favourite movie is Fight Club.” 🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩— Andres Guzman (@pocketwriter) October 13, 2021
'The NBA was better in the 90s' 🚩 🚩 🚩 🚩 🚩 🚩 🚩 🚩 🚩 🚩 🚩 🚩 🚩 🚩 🚩 🚩 🚩 🚩 🚩 🚩 🚩 🚩 🚩 🚩 🚩— theScore (@theScore) October 14, 2021
One final note — my editor used to add the red flag emoji to indicate there were questions in my stories. So, excuse me while I avoid Twitter out of fear of reliving those memories.