Perhaps I’m just too far past what Twitter considers cool, but a stream littered with #NowPlaying refuse (or Vines or Foursqure check-ins, for that matter) is a sign that I need to spend some quality time with the unfollow button. Twitter has built an app that requires users to abuse their timelines and followers with machine tags without any meaningful way of tuning out that noise.
That’s an astute observation of not only Twitter’s new music thing, but of Twitter itself. Hashtags served a great purpose in the early days when they were used sparingly, but in a world where every TV show has a little hashtag in the bottom corner — well it’s time to run.
App.net, of course, is not immune to this either — there exists hashtags on App.net and I hate them equally there too.
I personally always thought Twitter would move beyond hashtags by scanning the content of a tweet and categorizing it automatically. I think that would work well for sports, and other things that one can easily discern what is being yelled about. For now I just hold out hope someone builds that for ADN.