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2013: The Year of the #Hashtag

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Did you know that concept of the “hashtag” existed way before the existence of Twitter?

A “channel” is a term used to communicate with multiple people within an IRC (Internet Relay Chat) session, which are basically like chatrooms. To indicate a channel, the pre-fix “#” is used, and this symbol would collectively group and categorize topics within IRC networks. Complicated? Maybe. Luckily for us, this idea of grouping topics because much simpler with “The Hashtag”. Although Twitter was founded in 2006, the hashtag wasn’t introduced until 2007 (see tweet below), and did gain popularity until 2009. In 2010, trending topics were introduced, and it’s been history since then.

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So why am I claiming that 2013 is the year of the hashtag, even though it’s been out for so long you may ask…?

Well, bottom line, it’s gone mainstream. I feel as if once my Mom knows what a hashtag is, it’s mainstream. It’s on every news station, every television series, every billboard, every movie has one, every event you go to has one, and if you don’t have one, you’re missing out. Also this is the year that Facebook latched on. Although the Facebook hashtag has yet to prove useful or successful, it was news worthy. Other websites such as Pinterest, Google+, Tumblr, LinkedIn and of course Instagram and more have adopted the hashtag. All of these big web players make it easy to share and discuss these #topics.

To make matters worse, people are starting to talk in hashtags too… #ThisCanBeAnnoying – #ButAlsoPrettyFunny! Some people are sick of them, and some people refuse to hashtag anything now, but they’re still everywhere, and they aren’t going away anytime soon. #SorryNotSorry

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Later this week I’ll be revisiting the hashtag to discuss what hashtags can do for you, your business and in media. I would also like to visit some of the best hashtags used in advertising/marketing since it’s creation. Stay tuned!

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Vine vs Instagram: Video On Instagram

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Our favourite photo-sharing app is making moves. Today Facebook and Instagram launched video on Instagram. Will this be the demise of Vine? Could this be the end of Vine’s short-lived life? I guess we’ll have to see.

I just finished posting my first Instagram video (which I suspect will have the hashtag #InstaVid or #InstaVideo attached from now on). Overall thoughts? AWESOME. In comparison to Vine, I think it definitely includes things we all wanted. I really love the focus ability on Instagram when filming. With Vine I often had a lot of difficulty focusing in the app with my iPhone. And I doubt it was just me, because I saw quite a few blurry videos out there. Another cool plus, is of course the filters. Who doesn’t love filters?! Even the #NoFilter people probably use filters about 45% of the time. Videos can be viewed on desktop and online, and unlike Vine, you can choose your own start still screen. COOL!

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A few things I’m not so crazy about: The length for these videos is 15 seconds. I like Vine being 6 seconds, and I think for Vine users, it’s going to be a weird adjustment to fill up all that time. You don’t HAVE to fill up the full time which is good, but the initial feeling is “I have so much space left. What do I do with it?!” Others will love this time. For marketers, this is a 15 second spot- just promise not to treat it like one. Another thing, which I’m sure can always be added in later is the lack of frames. I think framing in the filter part of the app would be a great addition, and could create even more dynamic videos.

As I said, overall I love it and I can’t wait to see what’s next (and how Vine will keep up).

Images from thenextweb & gizmodo.

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