In October 2021, a new trend started on Twitter, with people adding lots of red flags in their tweets. All Twitter users, brands, and even celebrities started to share their opinions by including Red flags in texts. Twitter got flooded with red flags memes. Everyone’s context differs while sharing red flags in tweets. If you’re also confused and thinking, What do those red flags on Twitter really mean? Keep reading.
Red Flag Twitter Meaning
In standard dictionaries, A red flag is frequently utilized to signal danger. Its emoji generally refers to harmful circumstances or warns individuals of potential problems or evil thoughts. Merriam-Webster Dictionary defined a red flag as to “recognize or attract awareness to an issue or problems to be dealt with” and an “upcoming warning or danger,”
In the Dating context.
This trend began when Black Twitter users started to share their views on dating by using red flags. People added more flag emojis in their tweets to indicate that anyone can find specific preferences or traits in a match as red flags signifying their relationships should not resume.
Ex – “TEXT SLOW BUT ALWAYS ON SOCIAL MEDIA.” One example shared by an anonymous user indicated that her partner is more focused on social media than her.
More tweets focused on describing what traits to look for and avoid in partners. Twitter users wrote tweets containing a mixture of texts and red flags to indicate a particular situation as troublesome. Many times, people just added only flags in a row.
Why You see More Red Flags on Twitter All of a Sudden
This trend came into the limelight when even brands, politicians, companies, and artists worldwide, including Twitter itself, became a part of this trend. The trend started as a warning for relationships but became meme material later.
As per a report by CNET, Twitter stated it had witnessed a 455% boost in tweets utilizing the emoji during the Oct month. On a single day, 1.5 million tweets were posted worldwide with red flags.
Many famous brands and celebrities who took part in the trend are – Pepsi, Hot pockets, dr. Pepper, MTV, Ocean frank, Houston Texans, etc.
But with time, the trend grew into more general contexts. People covered their opinions on sports, political issues, and pop culture in their conversations on Twitter with red flags. More involved cracking jokes by including red flags.
With growing use, Social media users changed the original context of warning for red flags. More examples are –
- “when he wants a relationship but doesn’t want to commit.”
- “going all day without talking to me” – This is a top tweet of this trend that received 27.5k retweets till now.
Red Flag Meaning in Other Social Media
The red flags memes spread to other social media platforms such as Tiktom and Instagram. In the context of relationships and dating, a red flag emoji was used to refer to any individual who can turn into a problematic partner in the future.
Right now, there’s no specific context for people to use a red flag emoji. People are even posting funny statements with red flags emojis. Soon, people started to express their disliking of adding red flags by using #redflag in their tweets.
Twitter Red Flag Meme
A Twitter red flag meme is mainly seen in the form of quotes. Other users follow this trend by publishing statements they have considered red flag-worthy. For example – A user tweeted, “Reputation is Taylor’s worst album,” with many red flags. Another user replied, “I like pineapple on my pizza,” which is his red flag.
Pepsi and Twitter share more popular red flag memes – “I’ve never had a Pepsi in my life” and “I’m not on Twitter.” Lots of red flags follow the text. Hence, you can see that there’s no specific meaning behind these tweets.