Did You See The New YouTube Hashtags?

We have already wished YouTube on its fifth birthday. There were major changes made to YouTube over the last few months and now, some people are  complaining about hash tags on YouTube.

Well, I call it complaining because those who saw it are either too unhappy about it or, they are ignoring it already.

Hashed comment words like #LOL and #FAIL are showing up in an odd shade of orange. Not only that, you can also search by hash tags.

So, a search for #LOL gives you  this page with #LOL highlighted and separate from lol or #lol. Currently, the system identifies only a few words like #LOL, #FTW, #OMG and #FAIL. All these words are shown as links to the search for that particular hash-tag.

YouTube is either aiming at something similar to Twitter’s “Trending Topics” feature or, it is trying to create a new user generated section. Both of these will drive in huge traffic from social media activists, now that YouTube has seen five summers.

It is too soon to give this feature thumbs up or down. We should wait and watch. Google will come up with something innovative. It always does.

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Chinmoy Kanjilal

Chinmoy Kanjilal is a FOSS enthusiast and evangelist. He is passionate about Android. Security exploits turn him on and he loves to tinker with computer networks. You can connect with him on Twitter @ckandroid.