I am SO sorry I missed your 10th birthday. With the start of the new academic term and a number of paper deadlines, my attention was elsewhere. I know. No excuse, right? But, can you please forgive me? Wait — I know how to make these belated wishes better!
To honor your decade of existence on social media and everyday conversation, I decided to get creative with your birthday gift. I am truly grateful for the communities you unite, the awareness you share, the conversations you thread, and the subtle way I can give my tweets/posts/texts more meaning.
Ode To Hashtag
We adore thee
Signal events and,
Tags for news
Tweets unfold like stories before thee
Link us to interests we so choose
Twitter chats used for work and play,
Say so much in just one little tweet.
Symbol of meaning is here to stay
Pound sign in speech is hashtag sweet!
Tweeters unite in hashtag chorus
140 characters: “Trends for you”
Blue bird, Larry, is tweeting o’er us,
Hashtag use connects us too.
Post composing, humor we’re sharing
Ideas in the midst of memes,
Protest tweets or GIFs of caring
Hashtags filter social streams.
Thank you for all that and all you have done this past decade. You have contributed so much more to my life than I can ever thank you for — keep up the great work!
p.s. Here are a few throwback posts where I give you an honorable mention, as well. A toast to you! #cheers
- In My Toolbox
- Happy My Twitter Story Day! #mytwitterstory
- #Hashtag + Community = Learning?
- Learning and Development on a Backchannel
- Twitter to Enhance Learning & Performance
- Got Hashtag? [Gathering Edu & Ed Tech Conference Hashtags]
- Twitter for Professional Development… Make it Part of Your PD Plan
- What Communities and Hashtags Connect You On Twitter?