Hashtags


Many people associate hashtags with Twitter or Instagram but the symbol has had other uses over the years. It appears on some telephone keypads and was one of the keys on manual Remington typewriters back in the 19th century.


When working for IBM In the early 1970s, I used to hand-write # when preparing customers' orders for vast mainframe computer systems. There weren't any hands-on computers in the sales office and orders had to be hand-written, taken by courier to another location then transcribed by punch-card operators for batch input into the IBM mainframe system.


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New features to the software for updating the village website are released by Wix from time-to-time. The most recent is the use of the hashtag # to link several News Posts on the same subject.


For instance if #library is added to a news post about the library service, the reader can quickly find other related posts by clicking the hashtag.


Look out for the hashtag which is currently linking posts for #nature and #church





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