Hashtags come to Facebook: A guide for novices

Even the word “hashtag” causes some people’s skin to crawl. They picture 12-year old’s on twitter, but don’t realize the actual usefulness of the way the idea works. Let’s spend a few minutes and break it down into tiny bite-sized pieces. What does it mean? You’re familiar with this symbol: #, right? In America we call it the “pound” sign, but most of the rest of the world calls it the “hash” sign. It’s even on your telephone. If you call a phone line outside of the North American continent, you’ll often hear “enter the extension, followed by the hash sign.” The other part of the name is “tag”, which is method of assigning relevancy to a certain topic. When you file papers in a file cabinet, chances are you file them by some sort of system. Taxes are here, phone bills are there, receipts are there. You’re tagging things … Read the rest…