The recent news that Facebook is adopting the hash tag from twitter to act as a search filter finally prompted me to write this post.
This first came up in the post on YouTube Productivity, but it is a simple idea. Conservative MP’s and staff should adopt a set of common tags to help each other’s content be discovered.
Each of the sites has a set of tagging conventions, and each has a different use. YouTube and Flickr’s tags are more akin to the use you would find in WordPress, as a means of grouping items across categories. With Twitter, the hash tag is the only means of categorizing your tweets, but they can also play a contextual role, meaning it can form part of a sentence in your tweet.
Facebook still hasn’t released their hash tag function yet but because most people use complete sentences and punctuation, I suspect the tag will be reserved for more of a categorization tool rather then for context.
Below is a very short chart I have started to keep track of the commons tags used across social media.
|Conservative Party of Canada||#cpc||#CPC||Conservative Party of Canada (Political Parties)||conservativepartyofcanada|
|Question Period||#qp||#QP||Question Period||questionperiod|
|House of Commons||#hoc||#HoC||House of Commons (Canada)||houseofcommons|
|Conservative MP||#cpcmp||Member of Parliament (Canada)||memberofparliament|
|Conservative EDAs||#cpceda||#CPC-EDA||NAME Conservative Association||conservativeEDA|
This list is by no means complete, nor is it the final authority on these being the tags that should be widely adopted. If you have any suggestions please, feel free to leave a comment or send me an email.