twitter hashtags

One of the most useful features on Twitter is being withdrawn as of today – the hashtag.

For anyone not on Twitter, a hashtag is the universal # symbol, and helps to separate individual conversations from the overall Twitter stream. For example, if I want to just talk with people about silly jokes, I would use the hashtag #sillyjokes. This would help others just follow that conversation by opening up a browsing window just for that hashtag.

There are some hugely popular hashtags, like #blogchat – a chat about blogging, oddly enough – and #socialmedia – a topic about social media (who said us social media types weren’t smart?). But, as of today, no more.

Twitter issued a statement saying that they were stopping the use of hashtags because of its connotation with drug use. Hash is slang for hashis, also known as cannabis, a drug known for making you feel sleepy. Not something that’s much use when you’re on the fast-paced world of Twitter.

“While we recognize cannabis may be legal in some countries, it’s obviously a concern for us to be associated with drug use. Even if Twitter co-founder Ev might look stoned to some folks, we can assure you he isn’t – he’s just a laid-back happy chappy!”

The announcement probably doesn’t come as a surprise – Twitter is looking to monetize its service, and being too stoned to click on promoted ads isn’t beneficial to anyone.

So, farewell hashtag – we knew you when, and you were fun. Guess it’s back to the drawing board for the Bong Button that was due to replace the Tweet button…

More details of the Twitter ban on hashtag use can be found here.

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204 comments
Cannabis Seeds
Cannabis Seeds

Great, nice to know that one of the biggest on-line entities is that stupid.. Next thing you know they're be coming into your home and ripping the hash key off your keyboard due to fears of incitement to use cannabis...

Cannabis Seeds
Cannabis Seeds

Great, nice to know that one of the biggest on-line entities is that stupid.. Next thing you know they're be coming into your home and ripping the hash key off your keyboard due to fears of incitement to use cannabis...

Everett Martin
Everett Martin

I would love if this was true. Then Twitter would actually show us what terms were really popular, instead of what people remembered to hastag.

Everett Martin
Everett Martin

I would love if this was true. Then Twitter would actually show us what terms were really popular, instead of what people remembered to hastag.

Robert Herzog
Robert Herzog

I literally clicked through on this before figuring it out. *D'oh* Good one, Danny.

Robert Herzog
Robert Herzog

I literally clicked through on this before figuring it out. *D'oh* Good one, Danny.

Billy Gee
Billy Gee

Son of a B***h! 12 days later...

Billy Gee
Billy Gee

Son of a B***h! 12 days later...

Deb Bruser ( JoyFull_deb)
Deb Bruser ( JoyFull_deb)

Well, Chief, I fell for it ....I was already frowning and thinking #ohnowhatwilljonastondo #heisthehashtagking.

You had me at the Headline....:=)
deb

Deb Bruser ( JoyFull_deb)
Deb Bruser ( JoyFull_deb)

Well, Chief, I fell for it ....I was already frowning and thinking #ohnowhatwilljonastondo #heisthehashtagking. You had me at the Headline....:=) deb

Cendrine Marrouat
Cendrine Marrouat

Hello Danny,

I have to admit that it took me a few seconds to realize that it was a prank. So well done! Were you able to keep your composure while writing the post?

Cendrine Marrouat
Cendrine Marrouat

Hello Danny, I have to admit that it took me a few seconds to realize that it was a prank. So well done! Were you able to keep your composure while writing the post?

Pamela Wright
Pamela Wright

OK I've got to admit that I am probably the most gullible of everyone commenting. It took me until today to realize that this was April Fool's. Along with trading avatar's with Gini. At least I was able to express my outrage against something made up as opposed to my usual outrage against reality. Got to tell you though, we in the US have gotten to the point that this could have very well been true.

Pamela Wright
Pamela Wright

OK I've got to admit that I am probably the most gullible of everyone commenting. It took me until today to realize that this was April Fool's. Along with trading avatar's with Gini. At least I was able to express my outrage against something made up as opposed to my usual outrage against reality.

Got to tell you though, we in the US have gotten to the point that this could have very well been true.

Pamela Wright
Pamela Wright

OK I've got to admit that I am probably the most gullible of everyone commenting. It took me until today to realize that this was April Fool's. Along with trading avatar's with Gini. At least I was able to express my outrage against something made up as opposed to my usual outrage against reality.

Got to tell you though, we in the US have gotten to the point that this could have very well been true.

Jagsv
Jagsv

Kudos! hehehe nice one Danny... for a minute or two i simply thought... what is it going to be now... Twitter whithout #hastags... they must be coming up with something even bigger....

Perfect tittle, i bet it has caught many eye's attention!

Jagsv
Jagsv

Kudos! hehehe nice one Danny... for a minute or two i simply thought... what is it going to be now... Twitter whithout #hastags... they must be coming up with something even bigger.... Perfect tittle, i bet it has caught many eye's attention!

Jagsv
Jagsv

Kudos! hehehe nice one Danny... for a minute or two i simply thought... what is it going to be now... Twitter whithout #hastags... they must be coming up with something even bigger....

Perfect tittle, i bet it has caught many eye's attention!

Justin Brackett
Justin Brackett

Danny, I've been telling people about this one all day! Love it, very witty!

Danny
Danny

Wow, check out your awesome new avatar - very swish, Deb, great picture! And I am chuckling heartily at the Jon Aston quote! :)

Danny
Danny

Wow, check out your awesome new avatar - very swish, Deb, great picture! And I am chuckling heartily at the Jon Aston quote! :)

Danny
Danny

Hi Cendrine,

I did chuckle a few times as I imagined the engineers at Twitter trying to work out a way to ban hashtags... ;-)

Danny
Danny

Hi Cendrine, I did chuckle a few times as I imagined the engineers at Twitter trying to work out a way to ban hashtags... ;-)

Danny
Danny

Hi Pamela, Always feel free to pop by this way to vent - my shoulders can take a lot of stuff. ;)

Danny
Danny

Hi Pamela,

Always feel free to pop by this way to vent - my shoulders can take a lot of stuff. ;)

Danny
Danny

Cheers, sir - and who knows, perhaps there is something in the works. Stranger things have happened... ;-)

Danny
Danny

Cheers, sir - and who knows, perhaps there is something in the works. Stranger things have happened... ;-)

Danny
Danny

Hey there mate, Thank you - glad you enjoyed, and double thanks for sharing the love. :) Cheers sir!

Cendrine Marrouat
Cendrine Marrouat

I can only imagine! It was a genius post, anyway! I need to write one of those next year. ;-)

Cendrine Marrouat
Cendrine Marrouat

I can only imagine! It was a genius post, anyway! I need to write one of those next year. ;-)

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