It looks like the Twitter #hashtags convention that Chris Messina and others– including me – have been pushing has been implemented by a group of developers (
Eli, Neil, and Paul, Cody Marx Bailey and Aaron Farnham, thank you!). The site is up and running at hashtags.org.
You only need to do a few things for it to work:
- Add @hashtags as a Twitter contact (‘follow’), and they will reciprocate. They will then see all of your public Tweets.
- Precede any tag you want to use with the hashmark character (’#’).
- They have ignored my multi word convention, where #san francisco# would be used, and have gone with the easier-to-implement but uglier-to-read approach of #san+francisco. I checked this out empirically, below.
You can search for tags at their site, and each tag has an RSS feed, so you can subscribe.