Hashing Out Hyattsville
At 11 characters long, Hyattsville, as a name, takes up valuable real estate on Twitter. How would you best abbreviate our fair city?
Here's a question for you all out there in the Hyattsville Twitter-sphere: does our fair city need a Twitter hashtag?
If you are unfamiliar with Twitter, I'll briefly sum up the problem: Twitter, a vital social networking tool for disseminating local news, only permits messages of 160 characters or less. Go over that, and your message is abruptly truncated.
It might be something of a trifle for the casual local Twitter netizen, but for a journalist whose entire job is to communicate through various social media outlets, the somewhat lengthly municipal moniker of "Hyattsville" can take up valuable digital real estate.
For instance, I recently transferred to Hyattsville after running a Patch site in Fredericksburg, Va. Coming in at 14 characters, Fredericksburg was in dire need of a social media abbreviation. Luckily, the local internet culture had already established the hashtag #FXBG as the dominant Twitter shorthand for Fredericksburg. Further south, as many of you know, Richmond, Va. is known on Twitter as #RVA.
So, again I pose the question to you: does Hyattsville need a hashtag? Our city takes up 11 characters, characters which could be valuable in times of important breaking news.
If it does, I pose a further question to you: What should Hyattsville's hashtag be?
I have provided a survey below to gauge the response of you, the reader including a few hashtag options which I have conjured so far in my tenure covering Hyattsville. I'd love to hear your thoughts on the matter, especially your ideas for a Hyattsville hashtag. Take the poll below, and don't be afraid to expand upon your vote in the comments.