Tagalus: 10,000 Twitter hashtags defined and counting

Providing some insight into hashtags. That site is Portland-based tagal.us. And today, it passed a major milestone by capturing the definition for its 10,000th hashtag.

Despite all the Portland love for the Twitter, the fact remains that—for the uninitiated—Twitter can be a bit of a foreign realm. Crazy shorthand. Weird @ replies. And those strange phrases crammed behind # signs.

But since early 2009, one site has been working to change that. Well, at least by providing some insight into that whole hashtag thing (the # phrases). That site is Portland-based tagal.us, a site focused on helping define the hashtags used on Twitter. And today, it passed a major milestone by capturing a definition for its 10,000th hashtag.

Think about that for a second. Ten thousand hashtags in under a year. And while it’s likely a small subset of the massive number of hashtags flying around Twitter at any given second, it’s still a momentous achievement for a side project, lovingly crafted by John Nastos.

So who gets credit the lucky 10,000th hashtag? Well, admittedly, after a bit of hashtag bombing to add tags 9991-9999 to tagal.us, Kelly Guimont—known by her Twitter handle @verso—wound up securing the 10,000th hashtag with #hireDkelly.

Congrats to tagal.us on making it this far. And remember, the next time you slam some series of words together to make a #ridiculoushashtag, make sure to add it to tagal.us.


  1. […] than pretend we were paying attention to other stuff—except my cool Portland Sucks tshirt and tagalus hitting 10,000 definitions—we decided to just focus on the one thing that had so captured our imagination. So without […]

  2. Congrats to John!

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