Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Squatter's Rights - Taking Over a Hashtag #hfsoars @dyslexiadepot

Today, I had the wonderful opportunity to listen to a campus instructional leadership team share how they had tapped into Personal Learning Networks (PLNs) to accelerate professional learning. I managed to record video at the event, so I'll be sharing that soon!

Recently, someone asked me the following about taking over hashtags:

When I introduced hashtags to my colleagues, I encouraged them to "squat on it." I suppose, the idea for squatting on a hashtag reminded me of my elementary social studies/history class on the subject:
Squatter’s Rights,  in U.S. history, policy by which first settlers, or “squatters,” on public lands could purchase the property they had improved. Source: preemption, Brittanica
Why couldn't we do the same to twitter hashtags? Of course, it doesn't seem offers one the ability to register hashtags...and why should it? After all, it's in the best interests of everyone if people can just commandeer a hashtag for their own use. Still, squatting on a hashtag can make for some interesting juxtapositions of ideas and content!

That's what happened with my #tf13 hashtag for TechFiesta 2013 regional conference...can you guess what other group I was competing with?

If you guessed toys, then you were right! I believe I improved on toys conversation...of course, toy enthusiasts may not agree!

So how do you register a hashtag? I don't know, but I did enjoy going through the motions with

As you can see, the process is pretty straightforward. When the process is done, you'll have a screen that looks like this:

As you can see, there are some advantages to having everything in one place like this! And, you can actually embed your hashtag activity in a web page or blog! Pretty nifty, huh?

By the way, I'd be remiss not to mention Cybraryman's hashtag collection...give it a shot!

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