“Hashtags are a community-driven convention for adding additional context and metadata to your tweets. They’re like tags on Flickr, only added inline to your post. You create a hashtag simply by prefixing a word with a hash symbol: #hashtag.” For example, should you search for the term ‘lost’, you will receive information about lost handbags, wallets, etc. If, however, you search for the term #lost, you are more likely to find information related to the TV show lost.
Hashtags are derived by the Twitter community, anyone can ‘invent’ a hashtag, but getting it popularised takes time, work, and ‘the right timing’.
What about #lessambitioushymns?
Over the past few weeks, Twitter hashtags have been created along the lines of ‘#lessambitiousmovies’, ‘#lessambitiousbooks’, etc., but yesterday it was the turn of #lessambitioushymns to take off! The topic didn’t ‘trend’ (i.e. it wasn’t in the top 10 used terms), but it was certainly a busy hashtag, and here’s a screenshot of the most recent ones:
There were some tweets last night that this was disrespectful, and had got out of hand! What do you think? I found it quite thought provoking to see the ways that some word replacements think about what we actually do within church, e.g. see below ‘Let there be love shared among us’:
… and of course, God gave us a sense of humour, so let’s use it!