We’re looking to bring on a couple more people onto the hashtags.org staff. But we’re going to need to raise a few dollars in the process to make sure things get done. Hashtags.org hasn’t made a whole lot of money, in fact, it’s always been in the red. It’s been a labor of love since the project started and at this point, we aren’t so focused on having the site generate a whole lot of money. We just enjoy developing the site and features here and there.

Infrastructure costs have limited our services and abilities to provide more features than we have in the past. Twitter sorta grew, shall we say, pretty fast. The folks that run hashtags.org have given all they can financially. Which leaves us one other route to raise money… you.

We’re hoping to raise around $2,000 so we can purchase a dedicated database machine, cacheing server and development server so we can expand. If you would like to help out, use the little donate now button on this post.

First of all, thanks to each and everyone who RT’ed, emailed, and donated. We are blown away by the response and support you have shown for hashtags.org. Quite a few of you noticed the “donate” button on the side of the page, and generously donated to help keep us online. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

#savehashtags

A lot of people have been asking for more detail, so here’s a little info on our situation. Right now, the site is running on three rather beefy EC2 instances. Adding in bandwidth & storage costs, that puts us at over $2000 a month just to keep up & running.

It’s been an interesting couple of days for the hashtags.org team. Your generosity and support has shown us that there is indeed a need for hashtags.org, and it’s much greater than we thought. And it’s got us thinking about the future of this project.

So we are asking for your help in raising enough money to cover one month of our hosting bill, so that we can stay online and find ways to make the service more sustainable. Our goal is to raise $2000, and we are nearly a quarter of the way there already!

Every donation helps us stay online, and brings us closer to providing a better service, new features, and an even more useful hashtags.org.

Thanks,
The Hashtags Team

Help Save Hashtags.org

About a year and a half ago, we launched the first version of hashtags.org. Since then, the site has undergone many changes and technical challenges, but a few things are still the same. We still think hashtags are an important part of the twitter ecosystem, and we still think that hashtags.org has an important place. We still do not make any money from hashtags.org, and we still rely on donated hosting to stay online.

For the last few months, Engine Yard has graciously provided us free hosting on their Solo platform. Simply put, Solo is a fantastic platform and there is no doubt that we would still be fighting performance problems without them. If you are looking to host an application on Amazon EC2, we strongly recommend checking out Engine Yard Solo.

Lately, we have seen a large growth in traffic at hashtags.org, and it now takes quite a bit of resources to run the site. Engine Yard has asked us to cover our hosting costs, which has grown much higher these last months. And this is not something we can cover ourselves. So we need your help.

Hashtags.org is looking for a sponsor to keep us up & running. Our goal is to secure enough money to cover our current hosting needs.

Short of that, we are looking for any sponsorship/hosting solution that will allow us to stay online. If you are interested, or know of anyone who is, please DM or email one of us.

Thank you,

Cody Marx Bailey@superphly

Brian Smith@brianthecoder

Ben Burkert@benburkert

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Chimeric has released a really nifty script for greasemonkey (Firefox extension) that links hashtags on the twitter website to our site. Pretty plain and simple but highly useful.

We’ve been working hard on this latest roll out. We cleaned up more parts of the already spiffy clean site as well as some really really neat looking graphs. Instead of just providing a 24 hour spark line we’ve now included a 3 month history. Check out the macworld tag for instance. The spike was the day of and the long tail afterwards is the rest of the reactions over the next few days. By now it’s pretty much stopped.

#macworld

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