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Jaiku[edit]

This article is also missing any mention of Jaiku. Jaiku originally had channels that were marked by the pound sign. You could actually send a Jaiku to a channel and it would not show up in your stream. Of course, that came from other systems that used pound signs before it, but the idea of grouping together social media ideas around a certain meta concept started at Jaiku. Twitter users that were frustrated that Twitter wouldn't add the channel feature decided to advocate for the hashtag. And this all happened well before Chris Messina's tweet in Aug 2007, but if I remember correctly, that Tweet was the one that rallied most people around the pound sign versus the other suggestions that were out there. grandeped (talk) 04:14, 03 Jul 2014 (UTC)

Please improve article[edit]

This article is #As Clear As Mud - please can someone improve it, and especially give examples for each of the usages! — Preceding unsigned comment added by 206.47.106.181 (talk) 08:05, 1 May 2013 (UTC)

Agreed. I came here to learn about HashTags. After reading the entry I'm none the wiser. 119.18.11.19 (talk) 08:50, 20 May 2014 (UTC)

Article Terminology[edit]

When its written: "characters led by a pound sign" there should be a link to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Number_sign So ppl outside US know the sign has a different name there. 88.112.63.110 (talk) 22:31, 9 February 2012 (UTC)

Hear hear. (As someone for whom the "Pound Sign" generally means a £, that statement did jolt the parsing bit of my brain, momentarily.) Either that, or change the text to "number sign", even though that's also imperfect. Or... after all, it's the name the tag itself is derived from... "hash symbol"??? In the latter case also linked (as per the very first reference) to the Number Sign page, I should think.
I have added 'referred to as the hash symbol outside north America' which is true and it also explains the origin of the term hashtag! Splenius (talk) 04:27, 17 May 2013 (UTC)

Origins[edit]

Is it true that hashtags were invented in the context of Twitter? Or is there a link to IRC channels? Hugh Mason (talk) 01:43, 18 February 2012 (UTC)

Yeah, folks on IRC have been using hashtags for years for groups, topics and channels. The idea itself is not new. In fact, it is basically used the same way. Diskotech (talk) 17:42, 19 March 2012 (UTC)
here's an article supporting this claim: http://techtips.salon.com/twitter-mean-2864.html

The Twitter hashtag was first introduced by Twitter user Chris Messina on August 23, 2007, and explained in full two days later in a blog post entitled "Groups for Twitter; or A Proposal for Twitter Tag Channels." Messina's intent was to use hashtags similarly to how they had been used for years in IRC chat rooms: to mark individual messages as relevant to a particular group, and to mark individual messages as belonging to a particular topic or "channel."

Diskotech (talk) 17:44, 19 March 2012 (UTC)
I used IRC heavily from 1993 through the 1990s and into the 2000s and I do not support the claim of "marking individual messages as relevant to a particular group," nor does the Wikipedia entry on IRC make any mention of this. The # character was and has always been one of many prefixes for channel names, and the most common one. Chris Messina probably misunderstood # as the way that IRC identifies all channels, and that is incorrect. # is merely the notation used by the underlying protocol for "global" channels. IRC users never used #<word> as some kind of search idiom, the way it is used today. Nearly all of the time, /JOIN #<channel> was the only use of the # character on IRC. In my opinion, the hashtag as search idiom was Mr. Messina's invention alone. I am willing to accept IRC logs predating August 23, 2007, proving me otherwise.
Jgotts1 (talk) 21:24, 09 April 2013 (UTC)

According to RFC 1459 section 2.3.1 irc channel prefixes can be an ampersand https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc1459#section-2.3.1 — Preceding unsigned comment added by 96.237.159.208 (talk) 12:29, 3 December 2013 (UTC)

Http URLs with hash anchors[edit]

Could you address whether anchors in HTML syntax have the same origin or not? --Sarnobat (talk) 18:29, 5 June 2013 (UTC)

Facebook Sourcing[edit]

While I have encountered hashtags on facebook, I couldn't find a good site to cite proving their use. 174.0.38.11 (talk) 05:26, 15 August 2012 (UTC)

Hashable.com[edit]

Hashable.com went out of business in July 2012. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 24.86.106.68 (talk) 17:16, 7 January 2013 (UTC)

In everyday use among teens?[edit]

It seems that it's becoming part of slang (if that's the right word) (at least in the school where I go to) where people like say stuff like "hashtag swag" (#swag) and stuff. (Personally, I think it's silly and ridiculous.) IDK if it's just where I live, a strange fad, or what. Does anyone else know of this, and if it needs its own section? User:Umbreon126--「talk」 ~from 00:10, 12 May 2013 (UTC)

Nah, "Application" section should cover it. I believe "#swag" is just a trend. -"SimonOrJ"(U/T/C) 02:55, 14 June 2013 (UTC)

define it![edit]

The definition at the beginning would ONLY be acceptable to someone who already knows the definition, it's worthless.

"short messages... may be tagged" , "provide a means of grouping such messages"???

WHY DO YOU TAG SHORT MESSAGES? What is it's function? What am I implying when I use this symbol? Why would I want to "group such messages"?

I am now going to search the net to figure out what hashtag means. Pb8bije6a7b6a3w (talk) 14:04, 6 August 2013 (UTC) This hashtag talk....bothers us! — Preceding unsigned comment added by 71.17.152.77 (talk) 04:00, 22 August 2013 (UTC)

"Why do you tag short messages" - explicit topicalisation Leondz (talk) 11:32, 8 March 2014 (UTC)

Hash Tag?[edit]

Its a pound sign plan and simple. You can call it want ever you want but still its nonsense. From now on Im going to call a dog a Hasdog. This is pointless. 24.112.193.54 (talk) 16:40, 25 August 2013 (UTC)

Fake Jimbo Wales screenshot[edit]

Do we really need a self-indulgent mockup of Jimbo Wales starring in a Wikimeet video that never existed, to illustrate the concept of "a hashtag may be displayed on the corner of a screen in a television show"? --McGeddon (talk) 12:20, 26 November 2013 (UTC)

List of hashtags[edit]

I know you'll correctly refer me to Be bold but ... what a shame nobody's yet, it seems, made a section (or article?) for a list of common hashtags. Some [who?] may argue that Wikipedia should in any case be above the lowest-common-denominators of social media. However, I came to visit WP on this occasion to find out what the apparently-Twitter-trending "#oomf" meant, & found no entry. (FWIW, it apparently means "one of my friends/followers", but that's by the by.)

So, anyone have time for starting such a section? Trafford09 (talk) 13:43, 3 January 2014 (UTC)

Hashtag[edit]

When did pound sign turn into hashtag? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 199.192.127.236 (talk) 15:36, 15 February 2014 (UTC)

I've wondered that myself. Been around programmers/sysadmins since the mid 80's and the Internet since it began. The '#' symbol was always pronounced 'pound', similar to the symbol '$' being pronounced 'string' or 'dol' (depending on specific usage). Everybody knew what you meant. Should a reference to the origin word 'pound' be made besides the short mention in Messina's Tweet? SeamusCraic (talk) 22:21, 7 March 2014 (UTC)
Interesting question. In the UK we've always pronounced # as "hash", because pound is £. I believe the pound pronunciation applies solely to US and Canadian English. Technically the symbol is in fact an octothorpe. Leondz (talk) 11:30, 8 March 2014 (UTC)

Hashtag? IRC? Twitter?[edit]

Funny, this symbol was around long before any of those were invented. I've always known it as a pound sign or number sign. Why doesn't this article even give mention to this? Since when did history start at the point Twitter was invented? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mhefford (talkcontribs) 12:35, 21 March 2014 (UTC)