Confusing hashtags? Let Twitter break them down for you

Twitter gives you the freedom to add a hashtag to any word you can think of. Some are self-explanatory, while some are best understood only by the one who tweets it. This could explain why Twitter is testing a feature that could help users understand the meaning behind a tag.


As reported by The Wall Street Journal, searches for different hashtags will now display an explanation in addition to tweets associated with the hashtag. The new feature has been rolled out in the latest update of the iPhone Twitter app. Desktop and Android users are yet to receive the update. With this a regular hashtag will have a legend explaining its origins or the reason behind it. For example, #tbt  will bring out Throwback Thursday, #smh Shaking My Head and #oitnb  points out the TV series “Orange Is The New Black”.


Confusing hashtags? Let Twitter break them down for you

Wall Street Journal posted photos of Twitter's experiment.


Twitter has not officially announced the update, however, the micro-blogging website has been working on its interface for quite some time now. A series of revamping started after Twitter's growth in terms of users took a beating in late 2013. Since then, it's been trying hard to get first-time users make use of its platform by giving prominent placement to photographs and creating a simplified the sign-up process.


Hashtags work similar to search keywords and are useful for finding what's trending on the web. With descriptors for popular hashtags, newbies can also be in the know and make sure they are not left scratching their heads trying to figure out what the buzz is about.

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