Jan 07, 2008
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Hashtags are a way of tagging things when you have only 143 characters to work with. In a nutshell, placing a hash mark '#' before a string hashtags it. Use the pklus sign '+' for spaces. The resulting 'hashtag' points to the hashtag website, which in turn has a link for each hashtag, where recent tweets posted to Twitter using that hashtag are listed. Here's the hashtag for #Jeff+Jarvis, here's the #Stephen+Downes (which will be a server error until somebody actually tags me; how's that for an inelegant depreciation?). It's a neat idea; I wish there were some way to work with this that wasn't site-specific. Via Amy Gahran. Total: 740
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Re: Hashtags

I (think) I hashtagged ya on Twitter, Stephen. Let's see if it works.

Nancy White [Comment] [Permalink]

Re: Hashtags

Amy and Beth Kanter had a discussion about hashtags which I followed up. I personally think the use of TweetScan is a better option than hashtags; because there is no need for the #. Most of Beth's readers highlighted the issues relating to remember to insert the hashtags, limited number of characters means hashtags distracts etc. However neither solves the problems of later resource sharing from Twitter that they wanted to solve. [Comment] [Permalink]

Re: Hashtags

Umm, the site-agnostic version of hashtags, is (of course) URIs, as in http://tarmo.fi. What's wrong with you? :-) [Comment] [Permalink]

Re: Hashtags

That is a funny comment. That said, URIs aren't very practical in 140 characters... [Comment] [Permalink]

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