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Buying Some Time

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

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

We’ve launched a new portion of hashtags.org for the specific purpose of tracking the #macworld event coming up tomorrow. Any tweet with #macworld will be index and archived along with any other hashtag into that site (along with the mainsite). We’re doing this to up the signal and down the noise. Check it out: macworld.hashtags.org.

We’re looking for some community feed back for the next round of developments. We’ve got some ideas of our own, but we wanted to see what our users had in mind. Leave a comment and let us know what you want down the road with hashtags.org.

We recently redesigned the site a bit – mainly cleaning up the sidebar and standardizing the layout so everything is uniform across the site. Brian added some nifty aggregated media stuff on the right side using jQuery & Yahoo Pipes.