What hashtaggery is this to make a clandestine point?

Friday, 2 July, 2010

The effectiveness of hashtags on Twitter to supplement tweets, either as a way of appending tags to them, or conveying some other relevant metadata, is being diluted somewhat by a new-ish phenomenon which has been dubbed “hashtaggery”.

Hashtags have also undergone mission creep, and now do all sorts of interesting things. Frequently, they are used to set apart a side commentary on tweets, sort of like those little mice in the movie “Babe” who appear at the bottom of the frame and, in their squeaky little mouse voices, comment on what you’ve just seen and what you’re about to see. A typical commentary-type hashtag might look like this: “Sarah Palin for President??!? #Iwouldratherhaveamoose”

Twitter is Twitter of course. Fads come and go, and by the time you’ve written a 1500 word blog post condemning the practice, it will be yesterday’s news. If you’re going to indulge though, there’s an art to being part of this non-trending trend, your use of hashtaggery should be spontaneous, almost accidental, in execution:

The sneakiest way to use a hashtag is to set apart a word or phrase or name in your tweet and make it look like you very accidentally blurted it out, which is an extension of the muttered-into-a-handkerchief usage, but with a slight Freudian twist. Here, the hashtag is like a bit of chicken wire between what you are consciously and deliberately saying, and what just happened to slip out, especially useful when you are making a comment and pretending that you absolutely, positively will not name names, and then, whoops, it just came tumbling out.

Via #swissmissrocks.

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HTML 5: making NSFW content… safer for work

Wednesday, 10 June, 2009

Browsers may be able to hide content that is deemed “Not Safe for Work” (NSFW) if a proposal to include a NSFW tag is incorporated into the HTML 5 specification.

One of the most common descriptive notes people have to write using text when they post links or images to blogs, comments or anywhere in HTML is to say “this link is not safe for work” or simply “NSFW”. By adding the tag, this could be made much simpler and standardized. Browsers could then have an option to automatically hide all content. A tag is preferred to an attribute since it could then also be used around content and not just links.

Via Zeldman.

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A list of rare HTML tags including some that may be extinct

Thursday, 26 March, 2009

A list of ten HTML tags, including a couple that are very obscure (there were two I’ve never encountered in 11 years of HTML-ing).

Scan the list then check out the accompanying discussion regarding the usage of some tags.

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A very different approach to tagging

Tuesday, 29 January, 2008

A very different approach to tagging.

Discovered at the Ask ET forum, a new way to present tagged articles.

Ask ET uses a totally different approach. Instead of linking to pages for each tag, it simply shows the tagged articles inline. No separate screens. No navigation. It’s a beautifully simple solution.

Very nice. Is there a WordPress plugin by any chance?

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Links for 16 October 2007

Tuesday, 16 October, 2007

  • Browsershots: “Test your web design in different browsers.” Very useful tool for web designers and bloggers who are interested in how their website displays in different browsers. (Internet Explorer is but one browser!) It can take a while for screen shots to generate depending how many you request, but the wait is worth it.
  • FILE magazine: features an eclectic collection of photography that presents subjects a little differently. You won’t see too much of this material in the pages of Vogue, or any of your family photo albums, for that matter.
  • j a v a j i v e: I’ve mentioned US expatriate, now Indonesian based, Brandon Hoover’s blog and Flickr page several times before, and I’m doing so again today. The photography is, in a word, breathtaking…
  • Red Labor: originally an “artist’s outlet”, now a repository of all things analogue, and possible rallying point for the revolution against digital technology by Dave Rau and Josh Bertrand. Also check their Art Blog.
  • Win a blog make over! John Cow is offering a blog revamp valued at $449, while affiliate marketing blog Here.org.uk is offering a Unique Blog Designs blog template, in contests both closing on 31 October 2007.
  • How to create interactive PDF forms: on day all PDF forms will be interactive. Does having to download, print out, and then fill in a form of some sort seem like a waste of time? Being able to complete the form online makes far more sense, and David Airey show you how to produce your own such forms.
  • Time management strategies that work: by Peter Morgan. “By looking at my time management strategies and adjusting my clock to natural time, I have been able to reap many benefits.” The gist of Peter’s article is also explored by Andy Budd, in his article The Real Tao of Deadlines.
  • Freelancer Friday – come and hang out with us! Work alone as a freelancer and fancy some company for a day? Then check out Myles Eftos’ Freelancer Friday idea. While you need to be in Perth, Australia, to participate in Myles’ venture, there’s nothing stopping you organising your own meet up where ever you are!
  • Cathie Glassby is a Sydney based graphic designer and illustrator, and sports a funky new portfolio created by Damien Aistrope.
  • Upgrading your theme for WordPress 2.3: the latest version of blogging application WordPress has a few enhancements that may require WP bloggers to make some alterations to their blog templates, which Karthik’s informative article walks you through.

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Links for 28 September 2007

Friday, 28 September, 2007

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