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    Default When did the pound sign become the hash tag?

    What's up with that and what does it mean?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BADography View Post
    What's up with that and what does it mean?
    Not really. But true if used in conjunction.....

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hashtag
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    Quote Originally Posted by Justa_Poser View Post
    Not really. But true if used in conjunction.....

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hashtag
    Thanks for the link but now I am sorry I asked. Ignorance is bliss, #as they say#. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by BADography View Post
    Thanks for the link but now I am sorry I asked. Ignorance is bliss, #as they say#. LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by OaheX View Post
    It's meaningful only if you care. I don't.
    Me either, as I don't Twitter.

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    '04 1300S or at least used to be.




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    WTH is a "hashtag?" (Post #3 scared me off from opening the link to find out.)

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    A hashtag is a method of creating a searchable clause to specify grouping of ideas. So if you hashtag #vtx, people can search for "#vtx" and get relevant posts, rather than partial words, etc.

    For an example of how this refines a search: searching for "#am" would bring up only that hashtag, but a search for "am" would bring up any post with those two letters found anywhere in any word on the post. Amphibian, preamble, scramble, etc, would all come up if you just search for "am".

    It was used in IRC back in the '80's and several bulletin board systems in the '70's, where it probably started.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stormbringer View Post
    A hashtag is a method of creating a searchable clause to specify grouping of ideas. So if you hashtag #vtx, people can search for "#vtx" and get relevant posts, rather than partial words, etc.

    For an example of how this refines a search: searching for "#am" would bring up only that hashtag, but a search for "am" would bring up any post with those two letters found anywhere in any word on the post. Amphibian, preamble, scramble, etc, would all come up if you just search for "am".

    It was used in IRC back in the '80's and several bulletin board systems in the '70's, where it probably started.

    Aha, er..what?

    (This must be how badography felt after clicking the link)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stormbringer View Post
    A hashtag is a method of creating a searchable clause to specify grouping of ideas. So if you hashtag #vtx, people can search for "#vtx" and get relevant posts, rather than partial words, etc.

    For an example of how this refines a search: searching for "#am" would bring up only that hashtag, but a search for "am" would bring up any post with those two letters found anywhere in any word on the post. Amphibian, preamble, scramble, etc, would all come up if you just search for "am".

    It was used in IRC back in the '80's and several bulletin board systems in the '70's, where it probably started.
    I thought that was what the * was for. Good old DOS me.
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    I thought that it came from some doper staring at a plate of hash browns at 3:00 A.M. in an all night diner.

    As in, "Man, them hash browns look like a bunch of a little pound signs".
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    Quote Originally Posted by g1nomad View Post
    I thought that was what the * was for. Good old DOS me.
    Me too *.* I guess we just dated ourselves.

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    What the hell is a " hash tag " and where the hell is one used?



    EDIT: Oh it is something used by those who TWEET !

    How 'quaint' is that?

    Grown men TWEETING !
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    Quote Originally Posted by KD3NE View Post
    What the hell is a " hash tag " and where the hell is one used?



    EDIT: Oh it is something used by those who TWEET !

    How 'quaint' is that?

    Grown men TWEETING !
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    Quote Originally Posted by g1nomad View Post
    I thought that was what the * was for. Good old DOS me.
    "*" is from UNIX, which CP/M borrowed, which DOS borrowed again and is an expressional character, not a marker. A hashtag has no special meaning to the OS or system. It's just a way to mark something for easy searches. Expression characters, or "reserved tokens" are expanded by the command line to meet various criteria.

    "*" in the UNIX operating system and CP/M and DOS program loaders, stands for "anything". In UNIX, it's origin, it is used in regular expressions. "*" matches any character and any number of characters. So * matches all possibilities, *foo matches all possibilities ending with "foo", etc.

    Of course, * is just one of many expansions allowed.

    http://www.regular-expressions.info/reference.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stormbringer View Post
    "*" is from UNIX, which CP/M borrowed, which DOS borrowed again and is an expressional character, not a marker. A hashtag has no special meaning to the OS or system. It's just a way to mark something for easy searches. Expression characters, or "reserved tokens" are expanded by the command line to meet various criteria.

    "*" in the UNIX operating system and CP/M and DOS program loaders, stands for "anything". In UNIX, it's origin, it is used in regular expressions. "*" matches any character and any number of characters. So * matches all possibilities, *foo matches all possibilities ending with "foo", etc.

    Of course, * is just one of many expansions allowed.

    http://www.regular-expressions.info/reference.html
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    It all sounds like a big f'n waste of time to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by texasmike View Post
    It all sounds like a big f'n waste of time to me.
    Then you don't understand it.

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