Let’s set the scene.
You’re on twitter – reading, following, tweeting – the usual.
You see someone using a tag that you don’t recognize. Content is not clear either.
You don’t really know this person, so “hey @user…” is not the best choice.
You’re thinking: “What can I do? I know. I’ll search for it!”
Problem is the person never bothered to register their hashtag.
Don’t let your tweets or any chat that you host leave people wondering. Register your hashtags for free! There are many services out there, but the site I like to use is called What the Hashtag?! Described as the “user-editable encyclopedia for hashtags found on Twitter,” What the Hashtag?! is currently tracking over 10,000 hashtags for over 3,000 users.For those who are active users, you know that there are many more tags out there just waiting to be defined.
Know what hashtags are?
For a deeper dive on Twitter and Hashtag use, you can read this post, but for now, let’s stick with the general definition.
Hashtags.org defines them as “ a community-driven convention for adding additional context and metadata to your tweets. They’re like tags on Flickr, only added inline to [your message].”
There aren’t any major rules when it comes to using hashtags. Simply throw in the “#” before the message and tweet away.
So why all the fuss? Why What the Hashtag?!
The beauty of What the Hashtag?! is its ability to provide an archive of chats through the transcript option. In these times when search.twitter.com only goes back about seven days, a chat transcript is an extremely useful option. To better explain what I mean, lets look at #smcedu.
Social Media Club Education Connection or #smcedu “unites educators/students/professionals to advance social media in higher education.” I first learned of this initiative through the DC Chapter of the Social Media Club #SMCDC and from there connected with the coordinator Yong Lee, but if I had not met Yong, if I just saw the #smcedu hashtag online, a simple search would have brought me to this page giving a rundown on all that is involved with social media education connection. That’s just one situation.
Let’s take to today as a real example. #SMCEDU chats are held on Twitter every Monday from 1230-130PM Eastern. Most Monday’s are free then, but lately, I’ve been jumping between meetings right at that time. That means that I’ve been missing the chat. Thanks to What the Hashtag?!, I have not missed very much. With just a few clicks, you can have a time-stamped transcript of your own.
Earth shattering offering: No. Extremely useful: #YES!
Remember to register your hashtags! Why? Because a hashtag is a terrible thing to waste!