That way the characters are respected, but the user is alerted if a very similar (non-ASCII) code has been used to dupe a user.
EDIT: As I understand it, Cyrillic languages use code page 866 as an extension to ASCII http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Code_page_866. Is this correct?
To the best of my knowledge, Cyrillic languages don't use the Roman script (except where letters appear to be similar). The ASCII subset of codepage 866 is for "cd C:\", not for Cyrillic.
All of them define the whole alphabete, though, so even the letters that look similar to some latin letters are always encoded differently.
This is to prevent phishing. Hardly ideal, but it works.
I suppose this is the Stanley Kubrick 2010 version of that.
My first modem was 2400 baud so I'm a youngin' by some standards, but wow, seeing incremental graphic drawing was pretty cool back in the pre-AOL days. It was neater than progressive-jpeg because you'd watch the vector image get constructed on the fly: first the background outline, then a floodfill, then some more shapes, a few more flood fills, some detail lines, etc.
Before that I do remember using a modem in 3rd grade (circa 1988) and reading ascii-art emails from my principal. It was a green monochrome display so it was probably either ASCIIExpress or ProTerm, but I'm just guessing based on context.
Twitter itself does, but tweetdeck does not.
I believe this is abstracted at the browser level.
One cold night, when the temperature was just at that comfortable temperature below freezing, clouds began to form in the heavens. Before long, these clouds let forth a surplus of unique, sticky snowflakes. These snowflakes came to litter the ground. A child looked out and observed his frontyard which had been transformed into a winter wonderland. Rushing outside, he rolled the snow into 3 large orbs descending in size; thus he made the snow into the likeness of a man. The sun was shining warm as he worked. All was happy.
However, as the sun continued to come out, the falling snow quickly turned to rain. The rain came down upon the snow, and working with the sunlight, the snow quickly went away. As the snow disappeared, so too did the snowman. The snowman bore a slow death as he melted to the ground. Such sorrow was wrought, until the final death had at last approached.
I mean, there's always Unicode tables/charts you can copy the symbol out of, or perhaps keystroke combinations, but Unicode has 65,533 characters.
http://ompldr.org/vNnA4bw - Screenshot of HN