Tweeters Celebrate Olympics With #080808
An emerging movement is taking twitter by storm. People are celebrating the day August 8,2008 (aka the official opening of the Olympics Games in Beijing) by tagging their tweets with the hashtag #080808.
People on twitter are also setting up their profile pictures with a speaking bubble with the hastag inside.
It is now a second trending topic on summize.com, the first one being Olympics. It is also the first tag under the tweme cloud at Twemes.
If you want to twitter about what you are doing, where you are celebrating the Opening of the Olympics, or why you think it's a special day, then you should add this tag to your tweet.
On the other hand, if you just want to twitter about the Olympics, try #bg08 (we use this for NowPublic), #Olympics, #olympia, #beijing 2008, or the many other tags that surround the Olympics.
Using "#080808" (pronounced "tag 080808"), a symbol for the date of the Olympics opening day, August 8, 2008, is "just for fun, a way to 'write down' the day," said Steven Lin, one of the movement's co-founders, who works for official Olympic Web site Sohu.com as a project manager.
Founded by Lin and two other Internet industry managers, they conceived of the idea on Wednesday, and only began propagating it on Thursday. Lin, who tweets as "flypig," said they chose #080808 for a number of reasons but for one above all others: it was easy to type, including on a cell phone.
The number of #080808 tweets are not known, but last time I checked, about 4 tweet surfaces every second (pretty crazy).
You can also tag your flickr photos with #080808 and #bg08.
Find out more information at http://tag080808.com/