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A Rose by Any Other Hashtag

Language, Community and Twitter: How to Connect the Maternal Health Community via Hashtags (Hey, if the President is Doing It.....)

What’s in a word? A hashtag? Using different hashtags will target different audiences: to engage the most people in the maternal health community, what should we use? What’s your preferred hashtag? Why?

Ethnolinguistics is the fascinating study of how language informs community, and how community informs language. Different countries, regions, cities, neighborhoods, religious communities, affinity groups and friend groups all have unique words and expressions that form a basis of community through their language. Twitter is its own community, with millions of micro communities forming every day around trending hashtags- on November 19, 2012, the trending topics included specific events like #BlackFriday, and more general topics like #photography. Even President Obama is defining a new movement and community with his recent request for citizens to tweet about the end of tax cuts using the tag #MY2K!

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