Some college football Twitter hashtags have a new meaning

Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016

(WRDW/WAGT) -- College football fans might find themselves unintentionally plugging another team when taking to Twitter to talk football.

In honor of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, the social media site automatically attaches a flag emoji when users abbreviate names of competing countries following a hashtag. (For example, if you type #USA, the American flag will appear behind it.)


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However, some of those abbreviations match up with abbreviations frequently used by some college football teams and fans.

Dawg fans posting #UGA will have a tweet sporting the Uganda flag.


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Nebraska fans, who frequently use #GBR for "Go Big Red," end up with the Great Britain flag.

This is nothing new Eastern Carolina fans. They found the Ecuador emoji when using #ECU back when Ecuador made it to the 2014 World Cup.


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Purdue's #PUR now shows support for Puerto Rico.

Don't bother trying to delete the flag. You can't. If you use the hashtag connected to an emoji, you're stuck with that emoji.

All of this, of course, is temporary. Fans can use their flag-less hashtags once again after the Rio Games are over. That won't happen until August 21st, leaving fans a little more than a week before football officially kicks of to reclaim their hashtags.

Below are some examples of the flag-filled tweets. (And keep in mind, if you are reading this after August 21, 2016, they flags will have disappeared.)