Jul 28, 2011

Hashtags To Change The Internet?

Jeff Jarvis in almost poetry about the hashtag.
And he is quite right. Why not using the hashtag beyond Twitter? Even for blogging, It's a great way to get information about a specific topic, and to contribute to a specific topic.

The power of the hashtag was impressively shown by his #fuckyouwashington post. While not making it on the trending topics, which many thinks was filtered by Twitter, it made it to the news media, and gained enormous popularity.

What do you think? Hashtags for a better flow of information?

No one owns a hashtag « BuzzMachine: "The beauty of a hashtag is that no one can control it.

A hashtag is not like a marketing, media, or political message, whose creator thinks it can be created and controlled. It is not like the namespace in domains, on Facebook and Google+, or in trademarks, for anyone can use a hashtag without permission or payment. It’s not like a dictionary with one definition. It’s not like a word on an FCC list that prohibits or chills its use.

A hashtag is open and profoundly democratic. People gather around a hashtag. They salute it and spread it or ignore it and let it wither. They imbue it with their own meaning. The creator quickly and inevitably loses control of it.

That is what the #fuckyouwashington escapade has taught me: the power and importance of the hashtag as a platform. Hashtags allow us to gather around topics, events, and actions across platforms. Hashtags are in our control."

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