There is always a hashtag search buzzing away in the background while at work.
It’s another window, or two, or three, on Tweetdeck monitoring my interest du jour.
The tag maybe related to a journalism or social media conference I’m interested in, or a trending topic, it changes.
Yesterday (Friday, November 27) there was a great deal of activity on the #demo2010 tag as students started occupying more universities, and tweets were full of pictures and videos from demonstrations on Wednesday, November 24.
After updating colleagues on which of their old unis were taken over by students one asked me: “How do you know this stuff and find it on Twitter?”
Then I explained how I followed the hashtag. It’s a simple way to find everything posted on a particular theme, topic or event.
Hence his final comment: “So that’s how a hashtag works…”