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Using the #ViDesc Hash Tag When Tweeting about Description

posted Jun 18, 2013, 2:35 PM by Joshua A. Miele, Ph.D
Have you ever tried to find information about video description on Twitter? It isn't easy because people don't all use the same terminology.

Folks who use Twitter already know about hash tags. They are like keywords embedded in tweets that let other people quickly search for information of interest to them.

The Smith-Kettlewell Video Description Research and Development Center (@VDRDC) has been using the hash tag #ViDesc to denote information about Video Description, and description in general. The letters VI can mean either video, or Vision, or Visual Impairment -- whatever the case may be, and Desc is short for Description.

The important thing is that the #ViDesc hash tag is brief, unique, and can be used to mark tweets about any kind of description. #ViDesc can be used to tag information about descriptions of videos, presentations, plays, games, movies, events, etc.

If we all use the #ViDesc hash tag to indicate information about description, Twitter users can search for #ViDesc and quickly see what the Twitter world is saying about this topic that is so important to so many of us.

The VDRDC encourages Twitter users in the description community -- whether producers or consumers -- to use the #ViDesc hash tag when tweeting about description-related stuff. This will help everyone benefit from your post even if they are not following you yet. Using #ViDesc will ultimately lead to a more unified conversation about description on Twitter, where much sharing of information and ideas takes place. It may even lead to more followers for you as folks find your feed by searching for #ViDesc.

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