The #skinny on Hashtags {for Tech Tuesday}

I am in the midst of developing a hashtag stamp for Upcycled Education's new stamp shop.  I see hashtag items everywhere - besides the obvious Twitter and Instagram.  For example, if I didn't elope with Mr. UpCyclist, I think this would be fun on a simple cake.  I love clever greeting cards like these.  And this onesie is soooo funny.  Hashtag madness, I tell ya.




Here is the skinny on hashtags for Tech Tuesday (or should I say #techtuesday?):

  • Though the use of hashtags date back to 1988, the popularity of hashtags started with an innovator, Chris Messina, on Twitter in 2007.  He proposed using hashtags to corral a group of people he was communicating with; If everyone used the same hashtag, they could easily find each other's tweets.
  • Hashtags work best on social media platforms like Twitter, Instagram and Google+.  Facebook just announced it will support hashtags and Pinterest has said "perhaps, in the future" - which is why I require my students to add hashtags to their pinning projects.  We will be ready!
  • Hashtags are actual metadata tags that use keywords and phrases to summarize a main idea.
  • Hashtags make searching for information easier.  With the size of the Internet and the World Wide Web, I say three cheers for easier searching.  Hip, Hip, Hurray!
  • Hashtagging is a test of creative thinking, in my opinion.  Say a baby is born....you could hashtag #newbaby or #birth or #firstborn.  OR to be abstractly creative, you could hashtag that same experience with #life or #bestday or #theregoessleep - see what I mean?  Hashtags creatively summarize an experience.
Which is exactly why we need a hashtag stamp for educators.  Students could summarize what they know or learned using a clever hashtag stamp.

#whatdoyouthink?

Jen


PS - If you want to see what's trending in the world of hashtags, click here.  I would just keel over if I saw #upcyclededucation listed.  I don't know about you, but spelling out that hashtag takes too much time.  #lazyme

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6 comments:

  1. Thank you for Keeping me hip and up to date ...love #techtuesdays!
    xoxo
    #creativepartyideasbycheryl

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    1. Cheryl - You are already hip. I'll just help keep you up to date on the tech side of things.

      #coolcousin

      Jen

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  2. I looooooove the idea of a hashtag stamp for educators!!! Such an awesome way for students to summarize what they learned in class that day! When you are done designing it, can we use it in class like we did with the "Today I learned" stamp???
    #hashtagenthusiast

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    1. Sarah J - That is exactly how I want to use it in class. Sounds engaging, no?

      Yay,
      Jen

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  3. I don't have twitter, but I have facebook and instagram. Can I use #hashtags on facebook? I've seen it but I thought people were linking their twitter and facebook. #slow :)

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    1. Jessica - Facebook is slated to begin honoring hashtags soon. I think either people on FB before thought 1) FB honors hashtags or 2) they were using them in a creative way (like you did above in #slow ;)

      Jen

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