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Facebook is preparing to adopt hashtags, the folksonomy feature beloved of Twitter users and the microblogging service itself. Hastags grew out of a practice employed by gossipers on Internet Relay Chat (IRC), who used the “#” character to group discussions into channels. Twitter users started doing the same in around 2007, and …

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Shift-3?

That would be £

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Re: Shift-3?

A friend of mine has a Macbook with a similar US-style keyboard layout. He wanted me to do a quick web page for him. Then I start trying to put #rrggbb colour codes in.

Hash key? What hash key?

Apparently that's a "special character" on a Macbook. Grr.

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jai
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Re: Shift-3?

it's not a special character. it's just option-3 instead of shift-3

it's not windows having to type a whole series of numbers to get a Euro symbol

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Re: Shift-3?

"it's not a special character. it's just option-3 instead of shift-3"

That means it's a special character. Just like the Euro symbol currently is on most UK keyboards. If you need to perform some arcane sequence of tapping on the magic glyphs, it's a special character.

"it's not windows having to type a whole series of numbers to get a Euro symbol"

You mean ctrl+alt+4? See above about arcane sequences. They're easy... if you know them.

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Headmaster

In can has hashtag?

El Reg, there is a typo in the title.... "hastags"

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re : M. Gale

If you think that's bad, try logging on to your e-mails from a French cyber cafe. I must have wasted five minutes the first time I tried it - then I looked at the keyboard. Still, could be worse - I believe the @ symbol is a special character on Italian keyboards.

Chris Cosgrove

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Here in the non-English speaking world - ie the american and strayan speaking world - Shift-3 makes a hash of things. i shall internationalise the second deck nonetheless

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"i shall internationalise the second deck nonetheless"

The hash symbol is reached without even touching the shift key on a standard UK keyboard (that isn't a Macbook). It's the one next to the carriage return key (that is curiously still labelled 'enter' on this example). Holding shift+# results in a ~.

Well, I just had to.

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In my house

shift+3 before a word usually results in a punch in the face. particularly when people use it in an entirely twitter-free context.

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Re: In my house

It has occasional friendly use: e.g. "Here's that £5,000 I owe you."

BTW - why do the leftpondians refer to # as 'pound' when it's on a phone keypad?

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Warning...

Too much data.

Just when you thought it was safe to just look at your OWN data, they come along and bundle it all up with these silly things. I suppose it is OK for bird chirpings that are limited to 0x8C characters or so, but Facebook blatherings don't have much of a limit, and can get big and off the point QUICKLY.

You will get swamped by the "firehose"!

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#Let's! #Hope!

#Yahoo! #Doesn't! #Follow!

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Like equivalent..

#justbetter

Bit cheeky but I think #susanalbumparty tipped the balance.

They want it!

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Sick of all this # stuff

I remember a time when hashtag was just a game of chase played very slowly with lots of snack breaks! Trust twitter to bugger up the meaning, dude!

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Re: Sick of all this # stuff

I'm an IRC user.

I couldn't get into Twitter 'cause I couldn't figure out how to /join the channels people kept posting.

So I quit.

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Cripes! Those creative marketing chappies must be working round the clock.

#&?Q

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How long?

How long before # is no longer workable due to world+dog chucking # everywhere?

as Twitter slowly becomes an advert farm what's next for 'the best ever' etc.etc.

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#craptags #are #bad #enough #as #it #is. #hopefully #when #everyone #does #their #messages #like #this #they #will #give #up

#fill #their #trackers #with #drivel

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You say that like drivel is in short supply on twitter. Or social media in general...

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I'm definitely getting old....

"That's fun for Reg readers at a conference, or crowds at concerts or sporting events, because it makes it easy to see who else tweeted about the event and what they said."

Why the fuck do I want to tell everyone I'm at a concert? Why the fuck do I want to see who else was tweeting that they were at the concert, and what they saying? You may be sure that all they are saying is "OMG at #xxxxx concert brill!"

There was a time when people went to concerts or sporting events to, y'know, actually watch what's on stage or on the pitch.

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I would love to join in the crap hashtag jokes, but I'm on a Mac and thus have no hash key. "hash"FML "hash"YOLO "hash"SUCKSTOBEME

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Bangtags?

How about bangtags instead?

On many keybards ( including English and Yankee ) the Exclamation Symbol ( aka bang ) is achieved using Shift + 1 ( for consistency).

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Re: Bangtags?

Also used as a "not" when doing boolean logic. I guess you could use bangtags as the reverse of hashtags?

"just won the lottery today. !FML"

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