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Ben Greenberg

Happy New Year, Beth. I'm definitely glad to have hashtags for the reasons you and Marshall note. My only resistance to using them is that they take up valuable real estate when you only have 140 characters. I think this makes it hard to use hashtags systematically, since there will be tweets where one decides to sacrifice metadata for communication.

Michelle / chelpixie

Beth I'm sure you're aware of the favorite option on Twitter. Two things that I do with stuff that I want to tag for later or for interest is tag it by adding it to my favorite tweets.

If there's something I recall that I want to go back to, I can usually remember the tweet enough to google it and come up with what I'm looking for. Of course, you'd have to remember enough of the tweet and the user and the context to get it to come up but it works wonders for me since I don't often forget something.

Cody Marx Bailey

Right now, the site doesn't allow you to subscribe to an RSS feed until the tag has been used once before. We'll be rolling out some new code soon that will allow that, but for the time being... just tweet #nptech (once you've added the hashtags bot) and the rss feed will be available.

Cheers, and happy new years.

(oh god, that rhymed)

Corey

I tend to agree with Ben: the #nptech sounds like a good idea but I fear losing 7 precious characters from many tweets that I'm already crunching my language into.

I've been pleased with the discoveries that I've made monitoring the rss feed for "nonprofit" search with Terraminds. I love that it finds both "nonprofit" and "non-profit" Adding "tech" to the search narrows down the results and when people use both words, the post is still recognizable by people who aren't familiar with the nptech tag.

I don't mind at all when someone cross-posts links between twitter and their blogs. It seems to me that we have a lot more room to work with the nptech tag there.

Alan Levine

This is a mildly interesting end around an obvious twitter shortcoming; the lack of its own built in tagging that might allow clustering of information within and across accounts. Its hard to imagine given the number of other social services that layer folksonomy that this is a technical barrier.

I see awkwardness in having to remember tags, the character count a serious kink for adding multiple tags, and the cluttering up of the content (my 140 char space) with tag clutter-- tags out to be meta-data, not mixed in with data.

As a test I did try searching TweetScan for "#nptech" but it seemed not to find the hash and pulled any tweet with the "nptech" in the phrase.

Hopefully, ideas like #hastags (and believe me, to the folks that put it up, I love the concept) may help increase the voices calling to the twitter-masters to consider including a true tagging feature.

Simon Berry

Hi Beth

I thought you and your readers might be interested in this little combination of Twitter, Hashtags and Wordpress MU:
http://simonberry.ruralnet.org.uk/2008/04/24/a-mini-blog-using-twitter-and-hashtags/

With best wishes

Simon
24/04/2008

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