Here lately, I’ve been listening to a lot of stuff from Chance the Rapper, and in his song “Juice” he says:
Hash tag it, get mentions for it
Make you love it, get it trending more
(Warning: lyrics include questionable language, references to drug use, and a dig at the LA Lakers. If this bothers you and/0r if you own a Kobe Bryant jersey, don’t click on it.)
This line caught my attention, because it’s a direct reference to the power of social networking sites and how hash tags have become such a thing that it has invaded the lexicon of young hip-hop artists. (Typing that sentence made me feel old).
Since most of the traffic for this blog has been through Facebook, we haven’t needed to really use hashtags. However, Alice has began posting updates on the blog through her Twitter account, and we’re starting to get more and more traffic from there. This got me to thinking that maybe we should have a Southeastern Archaeology hashtag to help reference anything going on, from important stuff to funny remarks.
Somewhat similar to Twitter is Instagram, which is a social media site for just sharing pictures and short video clips. For example, here’s mine, from which you can deduce from the many pictures of my dog that I live an exciting life. Similar to Twitter, it makes use of the hash-tag. Considering that a lot of folks are gearing up for summer fieldwork, our own hash tag might be a way to simply click a button and see Southeastern Archaeology fieldwork photos from everyone who felt like sharing.
So, what should it be? #seacug? #southeasternarchaeology?
Tell me us what you think in the comment section. Also, if you have Twitter or Instagram and want to share your username with the like-minded masses, drop that in the comment section, too.