We all like a good #tag, it is a great way of following a particular topic or joining a conversation using Twitter.
The grammar of social media is a wonderful thing, Question Time became considerably more interesting when the #bbcqt meme started and Eurovision wouldn’t be Eurovision without #eurovision.
But it can be over done, recently I saw a tweet where every post had the hash symbol before it.
Which #I’m #sure #you #will #agree #is #incredibly #annoying, #especially if #followed by @something or @other.
But when used properly a tag can make gathering content on an event or topic, or by a specific group a lot easier.
The BBC for example could contribute to the wider glastonbury discussion with the aid of the #glasto tag, or they could let people find all BBC Glastonbury tweets by using the more specific #bbcglasto tag.
Personally in jersey with an election coming up later this year I expect BBC journalists tweeting from declarations will be using the #bbcjsy11 tag, or something similar.
But, and this is where multiple tags are useful, we will likely use something like #votejsy so we can join the general discussion as well, but both will be at the end of the tweet.
So our first tweet on polling day will likely be: Polls have opened in the jersey election #bbcjsy11 #votejsy.
Followed 12 hours later with: Polls close in jerseys election #votejsy #bbcjsy11
Although that one would probably include a link to our live election pages, and the first to an article on the BBC jersey website saying the same thing.
When re-tweeting we would probably not use the bbcjsy tag, just the votejsy one.
The one thing I have learnt in writing this post though, apple really need to make it easier to get to the # symbol from the iPad keyboard.