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One of the reasons hashtags are generally underused (besides a subculture that feels like hashtags is brand-like and therefore bad) is that there is no way to see which ones exist and are used

Without a pointer from another user or external blog post, artists don't know that even exists

@gargron Ohhhh. Okay! I will attempt to remember that one. But yes, you have it exactly right on both accounts of why I don’t use them or just plain old forget.

@Gargron But I mean, it's not like we DON'T have pointers from other users.

People are like, hi, I do #Writing!

And then other people are like "hi, these are tags people use to share their stuff about writing!"

@Gargron I also wonder how many people actually follow particular hashtags. I'm not representative but I only follow them if I'm at a conference or similar event. I've always had the impression that "average" users will occasionally tag something but very rarely ever search for or follow a particular tag.

It always felt like a kind of half-baked (or spammy) hack to get around twitter limitations. Maybe we need a whole new concept that will work with AP?

@KnowPresent @Gargron in every instance I'm in, I have a column showing a feed of multiple hashtags at once (different for each instance). I find it very useful.

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I would not consider myself "average". And I use to interact with . Hashtags, or keywords, is basically the main way I see what is happening in the fediverse. In the app, you can have a column, a "timeline", for each keyword.

@Gargron Unless someone were to feature a gallery that collected them all together. It creates a new curation space however. I appear to suggest only that... creation and development of new curation spaces. I'm an abstraction junkie.

@Gargron I think the other problem is how does one follow hashtags? Re-search them every time they want to check in? Bookmark them in their browser and visit them? It would be nice if we could follow/add them to lists like we can users.

@Gargron
Instagram has nice UX for hastags. They auto-complete and the drop-down sorts by and shows the number of used.
I'm just naively assuming that's not patented somewhere...

@Gargron Yeah, over at #diaspora there is a previewbox ("Schaukasten") and you are also automatically subscribed to a set of hashtags . I liked this approach to form a community.

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