A mini-blog using Twitter and Hashtags

Mini-blog using TwitterAfter experimenting with blogging for some months now, I am convinced of its value and I am moving to the next stage. I’ve split private stuff from professional and this is the private one.

The professional one is here – it’s "The CEO’s Blog".
So what does a CEO’s blog need? Well, it needs more than the odd blog post with my view on something in it.

My work colleagues need to know what I’m up to not just what I think. I need a mini-blog, to complement the core content, for short snippets of information.

This is how my mini-blog works. I have a Twitter account where my ID is @51m0n. On Twitter I signed up to ‘follow’ @hashtags. Over at the #Hashtags website I checked and found that nobody was using the hashtag #51m0n. This means that whenever I put these characters: #51m0n in a Twitter item (a tweet) it appears here: hashtags.org/tag/51m0n/ and, yes, you’ve guessed it, this page has an RSS feed on it.

The feed is: hashtags.org/feeds/tag/51m0n/.
I then went to this, my lovely new ruralnet|online WordPress MU blog and I added an RSS widget to the sidebar and told it to keep an eye on the 51m0n feed from Hashtags.

So, now if I want to place a item in my mini-blog I simply type a tweet in Twitter and include the characters #51m0n. Brilliant!

An extra refinement is that I use Quickeys on my PC and Mac and I’ve set things up, in Quickeys, so that pressing <Windows Key><Alt>£ automatically types  #51m0n and adds the time and date.

Ah, the beauty of Web 2.0.

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