Excessive Hashtags “Breaks” Student Affairs Twitterverse

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by Joel P.
Freelance Writer

Today, the student affairs Twitterverse broke for two hours after a second-year graduate student, Ryan Reeves, who recently returned from a retreat with the student organization he advises and upon learning he received an A on his latest case study, tweeted this:

Student Affairs is the best!!! #sachat #sajobs #msachat #satech #sagrad #sapros #acadv #olchat #sgachat #sadoc #stuact #phdchat #naspa #acpa

“It literally broke a section of Twitter,” said Rachel Yates, public relations assistant for Twitter, via phone call. “The number of hashtags this student included in one tweet in trying to relay his message shut down the student affairs area of our system. We are currently trying to correct the issues this tweet has exposed in our system.”

When asked for a comment, higher education technology guru Derek Croller provided this explanation for what may have happened: “It was the perfect storm of tweeting. A perfect 140-character tweet, combined with a generic, positive message and fourteen student affairs hashtags. It was just too much. Imagine it as a black hole. When too much mass gets smushed into a small enough area it creates a black hole. The hashtags were the mass here and this tweet basically black holed the student affairs areas of the Twitterverse. We’re lucky Ryan’s tweet didn’t pull in and consume the #ed community as well.”

While the #ed community, which encompasses primarily K-12 discussions like #edtech and #edchat, was not consumed totally as Mr. Croller indicated, shockwaves were still felt. Jeri Green, a prominent #edchat contributor, reported messages hashtagged with #ed items were limited to a maximum of 110 characters, the extra 30 likely sucked into the student affairs Twitterverse “black hole.”

The student affairs Twitterverse is functioning normally again as of 6:00 this evening. Additionally, this week’s #sachat topic has been specially selected to discuss “Hashtag Interventions in Student Affairs.”