Over at Uncommonplace Book, Liz Covart posted a great article on the uses of twitter for the historians, or as I have noticed in many of her tweets “twitterstorians”. Here is just a portion of her article. . .
Hashtags: Use & History
When I first started tweeting, I found hashtags to be a bit overwhelming because of their sheer number. Hashtags denote the group or topic of a tweet. They came about in August 2007, when Chris Messina, aka @FactoryJoe, asked other Twitter users what they thought about using # (pound) to classify groups. (Interesting historical fact, Chris Messina and I were high school classmates.) Thus Twitter users started to use #hashtags at the end of their tweets to tell other users what the content is and who it is directed at.
Historians use hashtags to direct information to all historians via#Twitterstorians or #historyor to historians who study a specific field, such as#AmRev for American Revolution or #EarlyAmHistfor Early American History. Twitter users also use hashtags to follow specific conversations. For example, I follow the hashtags#Twitterstorians, #EarlyAmHist, #writers, #writing, #postac (post-academic), and #altac (alternative academic) in separate lists as far more people than I follow participate in these conversations.”
You can read the rest here.
P.S. Thanks to my loyal readers. Just so you know, I move back to school tomorrow to begin training for my Senior Resident Assistant position, and so I will be spending a lot of time in training sessions, so my postings will likely be even fewer and farther between only for about a week.