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Why bother with a hashtag when you post your slice?

Please link up your slice of life story to this post today. As always, be sure to check out other bloggers’ writing by clicking through the links in the comment section of this post. If you’re dropping by to link up quickly today, then please come back later to read through others slicers’ posts.
Please link up your slice of life story to this post today. As always, be sure to check out other bloggers’ writing by clicking through the links in the comment section of this post. If you’re dropping by to link up quickly today, then please come back later to read through others slicers’ posts.

I’m nearing 1,000 Tweets. This is shocking to me since I was resistant to signing up for a Twitter account. I had a-go with it and got into a groove with it in December. I follow other educators, writers, publishers, chefs, news organizations, etc. While I could spend hours clicking on links I find on Twitter, I’ve set boundaries for myself (e.g., no Tweeting or even accessing Twitter during Shabbat or Jewish holidays) so I don’t become a Twitter addict.

Last year, Kevin Hodgson set up a hashtag (#slice2012) for Slicers to use. Back then I didn’t even know what purpose a hash tag served. A year later I’ve come to understand that it’s a way of categorizing Tweets so they can be found more easily by others. (Click here for more information about what hashtags are and how to use them.) Therefore, I took the liberty of updating the one he created on New Year’s Day. It’s #slice2013. A few Slicers use it. Feel free to use it if you wish. For instance, if your blog automatically publicizes anything you post to your Twitter feed, then you might wish to add #slice2013 to the end of your post titles (see above). While it’s not necessary for you to use the hashtag (After all, each call for slice of life stories is a round-up of everyone’s posts!), it is a way of categorizing all of the slice of life stories that are tweeted about during the weekly and March challenges. While I don’t think #slice2013 will ever be trending the way #26acts or #bindersfullofwomen has, I still think it’s something you might consider using if you’re active on Twitter.

Please use the same hashtag (#slice2013) this March, whether you’re slicing in the adult challenge or having your students slice as part of the classroom challenge. This will allow us to have one place, on Twitter, where all of Slices that you tweet can be accessed.

 

Stacey Shubitz View All

Literacy Consultant. Author. Former 4th and 5th Grade Classroom Teacher.

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  1. My day has *not* gone as planned due to some car trouble. However, thinking back to this morning moment puts a smile on my face: http://raisealithuman.wordpress.com/2013/02/12/funwithlights.

    My apologies, in advance, for not commenting on other people’s slices today. Some of you might remember I had major wrist pain last spring. It was the result of my keyboard improperly located on my desk. My keyboard tray, that I’ve been using successfully for awhile, broke over the weekend. Therefore, I have to minimize my computer usage ’til the new one arrives and can be installed. Hopefully everything will be back to normal around these parts by next Tuesday!

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