Like many Twitter users, I have a broad range of followers who I’ve picked up for a variety of reason over time, while the people I follow are similarly varied. I’m often aware that some of tweets I put out may be of interest to a few but may be intensely dull or irrelevent to others. I’m wondering whether greater user of hashtags might aid the tracking of themes for all involved.
For instance, the @imule account talks a lot about what’s going on locally; something that could be grouped under the occasionally used #WD3 hashtag. Then, if someone wanted to see what local things have been talked about recently, they need only search or filter for the hashtag.
Now of course you could search for other key words to find local content, however my feeling is there are too many of these to effectively keep track of what’s being taken about. Would you search for Rickmansworth, Ricky, SW Herts, South West Hertfordshire, Chorleywood, Croxley, WD3? Plus, there are likely a number of tweets that imply local content from their sender but where there’s nothing explicit in the content to indicate localness.
I also often find I miss interesting tweets by others due simply to the time of day that they tweet. For instance, I generally can’t check Twitter during the day. I’ve recently found myself wondering if several of the favourite people I follow have stopped tweeting. They haven’t; they’ve just tweeted when I’ve not been checking and either I’ve not had time to go through all the tweets of the day, or my Twitter app doesn’t download enough apps to go far enough back through the day to pick them up. I miss out on the tweets, only occasionally picking up on some of them later, and feel all the poorer for it.
We do of course have Twitter lists. Although I’ve set up a number of lists I don’t currently finding myself using them as much as I should. Given the pace of change and activity on Twitter it can prove difficult to keep a number of lists up-to-date with new users. Hashtags on the other hand are much more organic, and are chosen by the users themselves. People not know to you could discover and start using the hashtags and you’ll automatically pick up on what they’re saying.
So, I’m throwing this out to all of you reading this: are hashtags the way to go to help following interesting content? Should we give it a go? Is there a glaring issue with this idea that I’ve overlooked?
From the tweets I use I’d perhaps suggest using the following hashtags:
#WD3 – local tweets concerning Rickmansworth, Chorleywood, Croxley and round
#metline or #commute – tweets about commuting to and from London
#macuk – chat by Mac users in the UK
#olympics – chat about the current Olympics, and the same could be used for all sports
#sundaylunch – for those revelling in the joy that is the Sunday Roast
In applications such as Tweetdeck, it’s possible to filter out or filter in keywords or hashtags, so for those bored of my moans about the commute, relief could be found.
I’m not 100% sure of the idea yet, so give me your thoughts. Would be useful, would it work and most importantly would *you* use it?