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.

CES is kicking off in a few days and we’d like to suggest a few of you who will be attending to use the #ces hashtag while you’re there. If enough folks there use the #ces tag we should be able to create a nice river of real-time information on the #ces page.

Microformats Added

I knew that microformats were easy to implement, but the tagging microformat has to be the easiest by far. Any who, all hashtags are now marked up with microformats.

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We are going to be moving hashtags.org over to EC2 Joyent for scaling to be handled when/if we blow up and start getting traffic. We’ve seen some pretty steep growth patterns and we’re afraid that if someone like Scoble picks us up we’ll be doomed. I won’t comment on the hardware we’re using right now, but let’s just say it needs to be a thing of the past.

As well, we’re going to be adding a few features here and there through the next few days, weeks, and months… so if you have any suggestions leave us some comments. We’ll do our best to translate.

(P.S. Hashtags has officially gone into debt ($0.10/hr). Aaron upped our EC2 server and the clock is ticking!)

*** UPDATE***

We’ll be moving over to Joyent. After carefully looking at the offerings a bit more we found that Joyent was a better fit for this particular app.

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