Hashtags as a Global Language

Over the past few weeks, I’ve stepped up efforts to connect with Gov 2.0 types outside of the U.S. Looking at the Twitter community in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, helped in this, as did tweets in Japanese about Gov 2.0 Camp LA. Monday, I learned about a mature and vibrant Gov 2.0-oriented community in the Netherlands, and event got a little lesson in Dutch.
Now, I’d already connected through the U.S.-based GovLoop with like minds in the U.K, Australia, and New Zealand, but as Twitter grows internationally, I’m struck by the universal nature of hashtags. Not just a fun semantic tool or event aggregator, issue tags easily cross language barriers that are more limiting on static sites. See, I had no idea that ambtenaar + civil servant, but when I see #gov20 pop up in tweets I can’t read, it’s plenty easy to run that message through an online translator. Connection established.
Now please excuse me, I’m off to read Ambtenaar20.nl.

~ Adriel Hampton is a San Francisco public servant and host of the Gov 2.0 Radio podcast. Follow him on Twitter @adrielhampton.

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4 thoughts on “Hashtags as a Global Language

  1. Pingback: Tweets that mention Hashtags as a Global Language « Adriel Hampton: Wired to Share -- Topsy.com

  2. Agreed, Adriel – I have been using Google’s Translator to read conversations in other communities similar to GovLoop, such as the one in the Netherlands we were just invited to join and a couple others in Brazil and Israel. Also, folks from other countries that join GovLoop have not been as comfortable with English, so I have translated my remarks to their native language on occasion.

  3. Hey Adriel I really like how you’re branching out globally with your idea. Great ideas are meant to be shared. Let me know if there is anything I can do to support your efforts.

  4. Andy, is it possible to get that translator plug-in they have on Ambtenaar20.nl? It’s pretty amazing.
    Joe, thanks, look forward to connecting locally!

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