Saturday, January 10, 2015

Hashtags? And the Arboretum

At this point you are likely taking part of the 3.5 Billion searches that occur on google each day. When you search for something using a search engine you will type a phrase, or more specifically you will be typing key words into the search bar. In turn you will be presented with results based on those words. The better your key words are, the better your results may be. This is where the  Hashtag system  becomes relevant.

Hashtags are identified by what we in the United States and Canada know as a pound or number sign at the beginning of a specific word. This method of notation is to enable users of social media to create key words to help people search for whatever it is they post.  Living in this era you likely have heard someone say, “hashtag” followed by something related to whatever it is you are being presented. “Hashtag Reading”, “Hashtag Blog”, “Hashtag Hashtagging”… These are but a few possible examples. Hashtag basically means “key word” if you haven’t caught on yet. But why is this feature so important to us? Well, with this tool you can share things with the Arboretum! If ever you should post something that is related to Boyce Thompson Arboretum, we have a unique key word you can use! That key word is, “1Arb”, The proper notation when you type it will look like this, 

“ #1Arb  “

 Remember to make your hashtags all one word placing the hashmark just before the first letter of any given word you are choosing to make into a key word. This way any time you or anyone else searches within social media for #1Arb and other key words you designate!

Question: Do you personally call the symbol “#” a pound sign, hashmark, or number sign? Let us know in the comments.

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