When it comes to open source communities, programming comes first, but talking about programming is a close second. Perl programmers are pretty good about blogging (the Perly-Bot app that populates our community articles sidebar tracks around 30 blogs), but I’ve noticed that on Twitter, many Perl-related tweets lack a
#Perl hashtag. That’s a shame, as it helps others discover Perl related tweets via search, clicking the hashtag and in the “highlights” notification on the Twitter mobile app.
Sometimes you may not want to include a Perl hashtag: perhaps you’ve hit the tweet character limit (
#Per is no good!) or maybe you’re blogging about several languages including Perl, and don’t want to dissuade non-Perl programmers from clicking the link. There are probably many scenarios where it doesn’t make sense to include the hashtag, and that’s fine. For everything else, there is
Hashtags are case insensitive so
#perl are good, but I wouldn’t
#PERL unless you’re trolling (yw trolls!). Unlike many programming languages, our favorite language has a unique name (kind of – there is the Perl surname ). Let’s take advantage of it by including
#Perl in our tweets. If enough of us do it, who knows, we might even start trending again.