Twitter Wants to Explain Hashtags to You

By Darren Orf on at

Recently spotted by The Wall Street Journal, Twitter is experimenting with a new way to explain some hashtags. Images show Twitter for iOS defining certain hashtags in search in an obvious attempt to notch up reader comprehension a few ticks.

The few examples are #oitnb (Orange is the New Black), #manutd (Manchester United), and #rt (Russia Today), which I guess that last has some merit. But Twitter, like every other online service, is constantly testing new features or ideas; we just hope it's a search-only option and doesn't migrate to our actual feeds.

What do you think? Do you have astronomical hashtag comprehension or could you use the help?