What were the most popular hashtags at #AHA2012-#AHA2014?

Top 25 Hashtags

Excluding the conference hashtags in each year. Some smaller circles' labels are truncated: hover over circles for full labels and counts.

Notes and Queries, 2012-2014

In each year I archived both the "official" conference hashtag (#AHAyyyy) and the "unofficial" version (#AHAyy) championed by fans of brevity. (This is why the number of tweets does not match the number of #AHAyyyy instances.) I archive tweets for some months up to and after as well as during the conferences (archives here), but all the figures and analysis here are restricted to activity on conference days. Of course, not all of that will be tweets by people attending the conference.

The obvious and unsurprising trend is the year-on-year growth in tweeting the conferences. This reflects the growth in Twitter use by academics in the last three years, but the big jump in 2014 is surely largely due to the provision of free wifi throughout the conference venue for the first time.

The vast majority of tweets used only the conference hashtag; also, there is a very long tail of hashtags that are used only once or twice. Qs to explore: does the % of conference hashtag-only tweets vary, and does the length of the tail vary?

2013 is interesting for a couple of reasons: the average number of hashtags per tweet is significantly higher than the other two years, and the shorter "unofficial" conference hashtag gained substantially more traction than in 2012 and 2014. To a considerable degree, these two things are connected: 516 tweets in 2013 contained both hashtags, compared to just 4 in 2012 and 16 in 2014. Q: why was 2013 different?

Another feature of 2013 to note: in the Top 25 Hashtags chart above, it has the biggest circle, even though the overall numbers for tweets and hashtags are significantly smaller than in 2014. The Top 25 in 2013 accounts for 1809 hashtag instances, compared to 1644 in 2014. This relates to the Q above about possible variations in the length of the tail: 2013 usage must be considerably more concentrated at the top; will its tail correspondingly be shorter? Another Q: does it perhaps suggest less diverse interests among tweeters than in the other years?

One conclusion that might be drawn is that most tweeters value having a single shared conference hashtag more than saving 2 characters. But it's also noticeable that in 2014 the official #AHA2014 was much more dominant than in either of the previous years. Why?

Continuity and change. Certain hashtags/topics are perennials: #thatcamp (a THATcamp has been held at the conference in each of the years); references to the concurrent (or nearly so) #MLA conference; #altac and #alt-ac (which gets truncated to #alt because Twitter doesn't like hyphens in hashtags); #twitterstorians; #DH/digitalhumanities/dhist. Others are less constant: 2014 displays a particular interest in feminist and women's history, as well as in MOOCs. Environmental history (#envhist) pops up in 2013 (related to its location in New Orleans, perhaps?), and why were people talking about H-Net? Culturomics and textmining were hot topics in 2012. Some of these presumably reflect popular sessions and threads in the programme; some relate to broader concerns and flashpoints in the Academy.

2012

tweetstotal ## per tweetunique #
3927 5391 1.37 203
HashtagNo.
AHA20123810
thatcamp319
mla12247
session138169
aha12120
s23180
alt58
dh47
twitterstorians36
culturomics31
LGBTQHTF27
clgbth26
dhcom19
altac16
historianstv13
ASSA201211
digitalhumanities10
history9
thatcampaha9
highered9
Pedagogy7
Obama7
THATCampMuseumsNYC6
arabspring6
textmining6
s3155
Bacevich5
PBS4
chicago4
film4
ASCHWinter124
MLAHA20124
tenure4
jobmarket4
elit4
GrahamCrackers4
archives4
loveHE4
cndpse4
MLA20124
gis4
quanthistory4
s5394
session2194
tweetoff3
63
OpenAccess3
ml123
sschat3
AHA3
it3
fb3
ASCH20123
glamwiki3
TMIG3
s2023
historynoms3
prioritiesplease2
JMM2
brrr2
yumyum2
s122
ooooImmissingyou2
tellmewhytheroadturns2
Curacao2
contentdm2
ushistory2
genealogy2
s2152
aiaapa2
arsenal2
afc2
AHA20132
12
lodlam2
thinkingahead2
books2
SHA20122
postmodern2
postcolonial2
marxist2
TransformDH2
weareold2
boom2
headsuplibrarians2
CLAH2
gradschool2
notlookingforajobthisyear1
orevenpresenting1
justseeingfriends1
napcamp1
Westin1
contradictory1
li1
wishIwereinChicago1
excited1
thatcampjunkies1
4211
UNLV1
Nshe1
THATCampTheory1
askShowTell1
S471
4191
realcities1
wishIwasthere1
overkill1
overwhelmed1
hastac1
professorswag1
TrampStamped1
cricket1
Politics1
Life1
happy1
Zotero1
knowledge1
polityblog1
notQuiteMiltonian1
JMM20121
MagMile1
overscheduled1
ccwh1
ugrr1
cw1501
lillianhellman1
safabhs1
3251
Caribbean1
ows1
museums1
DigitalHistory1
Machiavelli1
s1671
DSP1
TeachingOldDogsNewTricks1
ngrams1
startlearningearly1
enteredthe1950s1
ClassroomNightmare1
heh1
inlovewithyourself1
badjoke1
culturomic1
queeryouth1920s1
queeryouth20s1
sinusinfectionspaciness1
research1
dhdebates1
quantumdh1
brilliantnight1
yetanotherworld1
rwa1
hr36991
SAA121
DHproblems1
needs1
assistance1
opendata1
phdchat1
writinghistorydigitalage1
JISCGeo1
headdesk1
CrowdsourcingHistory1
selfpromotion1
logoswithstyle1
chicagopizza1
CES1
ccp121
session11381
coffee1
s4441
Israel1
sportshistory1
teachinginadigitalageFTW1
ftw1
PAFarmShow1
captainobvious1
quotemightcontinue1
saturdaynight1
s5321
mlaha121
WWII1
TCA121
kidsthesedays1
mlafashion1
olderwiserbraver1
presidency1
UNL1
SecondLife1
testmining1
STL1
dahphdie1
HistoriansRock1
CookingWithGas1
FoodHistory1
wagge1
wragge1
boricua1
JSACon1
gradgrind1
getwritingirl1
dDigitalHumanities1

2013

tweetstotal ## per tweetunique #
4144 6791 1.64 252
HashtagNo.
AHA20133577
aha13919
MLA13232
thatcamp206
twitterstorians181
aha13rel167
dhfrontlinesaha149
altac118
s251104
HNet97
s19578
s16671
DH68
asch201345
publichistory40
envhist35
mla201330
ASCH1328
NOLA23
sschat23
dochuk21
historyteacher20
History18
plenary17
aha13
commoncore13
buildsomething12
oneweek12
AHArel1311
Military11
digitalhistory10
FRUS10
engchat9
Twitterhistorians9
gmhall8
dhist7
wmnhist7
neworleansteaparty7
jobmarket7
ebooks7
slavery7
2367
thatcampaha6
ithaka6
mla6
16
winning6
publichistorians6
cremebrulee6
aiaapa5
25
SHA20135
CW1505
mapstory5
digitalhumanities4
ep1504
mal20134
fpcpanel4
WritingHistory4
HistoryMatters4
NewOrleans4
highered4
India4
Economy4
Antiquity4
crossover4
disabilityhistory3
queersouths3
SMH20133
engteacher3
totebagwar3
storytelling3
EDSITEment3
momentofawesome3
AssembliesofGod3
CWWH3
twitterstorian2
AALS20132
4012
amwriting2
itsnotjustforfashionanymore2
fb2
GEC2
adunct2
sce20132
revolution2
dontinterviewwithcoffeebreath2
teachers2
UMaine2
oa2
transformdh2
socialjustice2
congrats2
awesome2
Matewan2
LoneStar2
s3002
mosquesineuropepanel2
coldwar2
teaching2
apushchat2
jealous2
feminism2
ccwh2
Historiography2
ASSA20132
UNC2
dhmusic2
blogging2
kidincandystore2
oralhistory2
brainbleach2
loyalLakerfan1
Prioritiesstraight1
BelieveinBoston1
nationalsecurity1
AHA20141
books1
openaccess1
datamining1
unglueit1
cafedumonde1
archives1
students1
historiansatthewheel1
ahahistorians1
lookingforsuggestions1
texaslayover1
lsa20131
gradhacker1
edchat1
moreworkforme1
fml1
argh1
AIA20131
JMM131
SICB131
Native1
Californian1
20131
OfCourse1
welcome1
disappointing1
fpc1
3271
ottoman1
thancamp1
ChapmanU1
notatAHA131
nolabound1
VetTroops1
SOT1
medievalistproblems1
itsasign1
lsupress1
bingo1
loveableacademics1
dalek1
snowman1
memory1
nationalparkservice1
publichistorian1
3351
starbucks1
session781
ff1
diversity1
UGRR1
marketgrowth1
ThisIsDigitalHistory1
marriott1
Christianity1
histsci1
archivists1
librarians1
curators1
worthit1
Decolonization1
UMassAmherst1
maringy1
spottedcat1
histadvise1
Tolkien1
USIH1
hootanay1
butterburgers1
longuedur1
ClioWired1
hiremeplease1
giddyup1
Twitterhisorians1
historydiva1
aharel1
CloseReading1
myfaircity1
nuggets1
home1
truelove1
dirtysouth1
31
malleablephd1
toosoon1
aha2013rel1
naasn1
ala131
homemissions1
snap1
muffaletta1
historians1
HistoryBusiness1
131
nolookingitup1
accuratestereotypes1
Pedagogy1
CommunityCollege1
thereinspirit1
Legend1
altec1
CivilWar1
STL1
NYT1
catfishpoboy1
BigEasy1
TCA20131
automaticpr1
Onthisday1
CHA20131
foodhistory1
realforbesprofessors1
optimism1
xenia1
unbundling1
outdoored1
ncph1
ChisholmProject1
ScholarSunday1
OpusDei1
TheWalkingDead1
Eisenhower1
LOL1
Religion1
evangelicalright1
1960s1
ReligiousHistory1
EuropeanHistory1
OEDOnline1
s7671
showtime1
THEHEIST1
nerdland1
uppers1
joanofarcparade1

2014

tweetstotal ## per tweetunique #
6909 9298 1.35 375
HashtagNo.
AHA20146898
dhist516
twitterstorians238
thatcamp232
feminist138
publichistory64
ASCH201446
AltAc46
openaccess41
feministgenerations34
NEH32
Enduringquestions31
history28
AHA1427
ASCH1422
s19022
DH20
SoTL19
oa18
wmnhist17
PostAc13
needfortweed12
dissertation12
MLA1411
histsci11
amwriting11
FRUS10
usih10
sschat10
digitalhumanities10
SHAFR10
Twitterstorian10
pirate10
CommonCore10
LSUPress10
AHA201510
HistoryFeed10
archives9
twitterhistorians9
MOOC9
socialmedia9
AHA8
HeartoftheMatter8
marriage8
thatcampAHA7
MOOCs7
s17
failfail6
WWI6
twitter6
phd6
ChroniclingAmerica6
china6
prc6
respect6
APUSHchat5
tdih5
nps5
raffle5
LGBT5
historicsit5
weather5
fakeaha20144
nortonhistory4
giveaway4
free4
histtech4
pomeranzAHA4
bmore18144
historians4
Mao4
CivilWar4
envhist4
shamelessplug4
MLA20143
DigitalHistory3
toocold3
dighum3
DC3
tuning3
NamethatDrink3
nopologetics3
Bloomsburybooth5123
pirates3
WashingtonDC3
phdlife3
pedagogy3
ScholarSunday3
STEM3
CCWH453
broke3
marijuana3
s3
circumpolar3
ImNotGoing3
MLA3
Latism3
LGBTQ3
books3
feminism3
bizhis3
tbt3
seniors3
edtech3
NewMexican2
Taos2
lesbian2
engchat2
K2
hsgovchat2
UChicago2
coldwarhist2
Washington2
edchat2
JillLepore2
amtrak2
AmericanYawp2
home2
friendsandwine2
maritime2
extortion2
imayhavemissedthepoint2
medieval2
protip2
piracy2
twitterst2
winter2
snow2
archivist2
highfivesallaround2
phdchat2
amrel2
legalhistory2
caribbean2
earlyamhist2
brazil2
academia2
jewishstudies2
jobs2
Shearites2
aiaapa2
ccwh2
twit2
irony2
p2
manynarratives2
Latino2
blumbait2
harveybait2
afc2
KnowledgeAlliance2
historicsites2
SHA20142
QueerWomenofColor2
a2
twitterstori2
SeasonofJustice2
oah20142
naisa20142
AHA202
digitalhu1
WHchat1
USAUSA1
dataviz1
HighTrafficProblems1
AALS20141
holidays1
chaos1
americanhistoricalassociation1
historiennehustle1
thehorror1
APU1
surprised1
underthesun1
tooeasy1
toomanysessions1
W1
Twitterstoriana1
delays1
AALS1
WarOnFamily1
hsgovc1
willferrereference1
historyjokes1
tipyourwaitress1
faintPraise1
damn1
AHA2014Represent1
powerpoints1
WeAreAll5YearsOld1
publichistorians1
highed1
NCPH20141
IlikeIke1
lanyards1
selfienation1
selfie1
ugly1
yaw1
Vegetarian1
corsair1
privateer1
3D1
yophilly1
IfYouWillForgiveTheDiversion1
scholcomm1
GreatPoint1
insurance1
mediterranean1
HITBM1
privateers1
corsairs1
Bloggers1
Tweeters1
publicschoolNOTPUBLICschool1
peace1
love1
joy1
blessin1
getwithprogram1
tcot1
RedNationRising1
Obamacre1
Ashes1
andfyihesnotbillayers1
coldtravels1
Twiterstorians1
APAEastern1
NoDHWorkshopsThere1
SugarBowl1
Catholic1
malaysia1
AAS2231
lifeisgood1
Central1
NaturalMystic1
pool1
haiti1
cuba1
breakfast1
kiddo1
IBroughtTheSnow1
Gove1
archive1
ALA20141
tweedshortage1
empire1
dolbyeffect1
WPA1
aha20121
dedication1
Kony20121
coolhistorians1
Snowden1
NSA1
2014not19141
ftw1
amwritin1
knitting1
whoops1
XML1
FF1
winterwins1
StayinghomeinsunnyLA1
longtimelistenerfirsttimechair1
blowingmymind1
amazing1
apaaia1
coffeetalk1
gradlife1
future1
mapstory1
immigration1
safetyfirst1
TooManyStudents1
historywars1
TooObvious1
KeytoHistoriansHeart1
jobsforall1
DCLincolnGroup1
EricFoner1
Lincoln1501
space1
Party1
viaf1
rtf1
foaf1
FacCouncil1
BigData1
nixontochina1
chasfreeman1
goodstart1
mindfulness1
sport1
guilty1
OzHst1
Resources1
clichesneverfail1
spotthehistorian1
goonies1
historypups1
Nixon1
Watergate1
sha1
CharlieStrongAtTexas1
SayWhat1
SHAFR20141
dcmetro1
CCSS1
NoQuest1
Stanford1
Lacan1
gamers1
materialculture1
dissertations1
N1
stupidstupidstupid1
capitalism1
colonialism1
property1
contract1
Latinoareligion1
pentecostal1
gnabry1
arsenal1
facup1
santicazorla1
histgender1
hi1
AHA19701
freewine1
karma1
WTF1
longreads1
annoyed1
tetris1
women1
momduties1
libraries1
museums1
MeTime1
BYAHENIDREW1
ac1
Lincoln1
scared1
omg1
derby1
COYG1
Victory1
poldi1
ChicagoBlues1
elearning1
profdev1
GenderStudies1
2014PI1
Twitterstor1
Hostos1
kindasad1
nudhl1
here2help1
THAT1
omeka1
graycellsmovingabout1
Chicago1
historyofchildren1
adjuncts1
MountVernon1
XmasCamel1
lowbudget1
nobudget1
lowbud1
GoNiners1
monument1
nofilter1
president1