I had this idea to explore and honestly could not find a relevant use to even flesh it out, so am putting it out there in case others do.
There are several tools you can use to have your blogs, when they publish posts, to automatically send a tweet out with the link. On this WordPress blog (and several NMC ones) I use the Twitter Tools Plugin. On some other sites I use twitterfeed which does the same thing, but from any RSS feed you want (so I have some drupal feeds that are auto tweeted this way).
But what if you wanted some way to “tag” or track such content? Well, with the more recent version of Twitter Tools (and as a feature on twitter feed) you can edit your own lead in text to published tweets… so mine come out as “CogDogBlogged:” and then the tweet:
Previously, you had to edit this bit of text in the Twitter Tools plugin, but fortunately they made it now an editable option– this is just a small way to “personalize” your message so it does not look like everyone other’s use of the same tool.
So I speculated, what might happen if you included a hash tag, such as say, by blog about Joys of Peanut Butter, so my posts could be aggregated with all of the other PBJ bloggers out there- I can just add a hash tag to this text:
And then you could use an RSS feed of the twitter search on this tag to display the current results.
I was thinking of trying this on say my running blog, so it would be a way via a twitter search I could collect all my tweets that came from this blog… but I could not think why I would use that.
But I am thinking that maybe, perhaps, projects like Jim Groom is doing where multiple blogs are posting, that if his twitter plugin for WPMU can allow individual blog owners to edit this same prefix tag to tweeted posts, they could be aggregated from multiple student blogs and even mixed in, with say, student tweets from other sources, all collected around a class tag.
It’s half an idea (or less)- maybe someone can complete me ;-)
The post "WP to Twitter + HashTag (an idea in search of a use)" was originally pulled charred and crispy from a smoky charred oven at CogDogBlog (http://cogdogblog.com/2009/09/wp-twitter-hashtag/) on September 3, 2009.