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25 Fun & Informative Hashtags for Lifelong Learners

Posted on Monday April 16, 2012 by Staff Writers

The beauty of graduating from college is you’ve learned all you must know; now you can learn everything you always wanted to know. For all those subjects that looked like fun in the course catalog but you never found time to take, you now have the rest of your life to spend finding out about them. And with the Internet at your disposal, the world is your oyster. Harness the power of the Twitter crowd by searching these fun hashtags that will ensure you never close the book on your education.

  1. #didyouknow

    … that about 75% of the genetic diversity of agricultural crops has been lost since 1900? Or that the first documented spam was a message advertising a new model of computers on ARPANET? If you didn’t know it, you will after searching this fun tag.

  2. #skillshare

    This tag was popularized by the people behind @skillshare, who want to help you “learn anything from anyone.” The “anything” could be knitting, making visualizations, game design, you name it.

  3. #howto

    The help section of the bookstore has gone digital. Tweeters volunteer their knowledge of how to do pretty much everything under the sun, and they cap it off with this hashtag.

  4. #history

    For a few minutes of informative fun, do a search for #history every day and discover what happened on that particular calendar day in years past, or get interesting, one-off history facts from fellow Twitter users.

  5. #TED

    If you haven’t joined the TED bandwagon, get a move on. With hundreds of informative and entertaining videos, TED is a godsend for lifelong learners, and this hashtag will help you get started.

  1. #homemaking

    You’re never too old to learn new ways to decorate and keep up your house, from installing new doors to defrosting the freezer to learning to sew.

  2. #meded

    If you can’t stand the sight of blood but you’re interested in the field of medicine, this tag’s for you. Tweeters attach this tag to posts about recent studies, new medical devices, and breakthroughs in the field.

  3. #trivia

    There are enough tweeters putting out fun, little-known factoids to keep a lifelong learner busy for a long time. It’s still the Internet, so you may want to double-check before you share with someone else, but it’s worth a look-through.

  4. #knowledge

    Why you should give Linux a try, why outsourcing is bad for business, and how to create beautiful items with batik are just a few of the myriad informative links you can find when searching this hashtag.

  5. #war

    With this hashtag, you might find some interesting war history to learn about, or maybe you’ll find an article about the latest development in Afghanistan or Syria. Either way, if war interests you, give this tag a try.

  1. #learning

    This hashtag is a thoroughly mixed bag, with everything from specific educational posts to more meta tweets about how to learn and the future of learning.

  2. #pinterest

    Searching for Pinterest is a great way for newbies to learn about everybody’s favorite new social media site. Like the site itself, it’s also a great way to learn about a variety of topics, from cooking to lawn care.

  3. #socialmedia

    Staying informed about the fast-moving world of social media is a lifelong pursuit. Searching this tag is an excellent way to keep in the thick of things.

  4. #literature

    This tag weeds out pointless tweets because informed people are primarily the only ones who type out the entire word “literature.” The result is lots of fun, informative literary knowledge and trivia for you to enjoy.

  5. #islam

    If spirituality interests you, there’s no more topical religion to study than Islam. The search connects you with quotes, beliefs, and daily practices that over time will give you an understanding of the way 2.2 billion people practice their faith.

  1. #geography

    Have you ever wondered how the population shifted during the Great Depression, or how globalization has eclipsed the nation-state? Of course you have; you’re a lifelong learner! And now you can find these answers and more, compliments of Twitter.

  2. #DIY

    You’re never too old to learn how to do things yourself, like tiling, making a headboard, soap-making, or making your home green. Your fellow tweeters are hashtagging away how to learn these skills and more.

  3. #astronomy

    Nearly every kid has a fascination with the stars and planets at some point, a fascination many of us lose as we get older. Recover your sense of wonder and learn about the heavens with this fun tag.

  4. #tutorial

    What did we do before we had the Internet to teach us how to do things in a matter of minutes? Twitter is full of people happily supplying followers with free #tutorials on how to do anything from mastering Adobe Fireworks to shooting high-quality videos with smartphones.

  5. #mba

    Even if you have a master’s in business administration, you don’t have to stop learning skills to help you succeed in business. This tag will hook you up with some great info to do just that.

  1. #museum

    Museums are the meeting place of lifelong learners, bringing them exhibits and lectures that stretch the intellect and expand your horizons. Searching this tag will show you what’s going on at a museum near you, and possibly lead you to other areas of interest to study.

  2. #documentary

    Documentaries are one of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to learn about the world around us. This hashtag bridges the gap between film and the Internet by pointing you in the direction of fascinating docs on all kinds of topics.

  3. #science

    Keep up with the latest science knowledge from Twitter accounts like @TOPinScience and Science Daily for new and interesting information from the field.

  4. #interesting

    For some reason, many tweeters like to end sarcastic tweets with #interesting. If you can tolerate those, you’ll find a wealth of intriguing information you never knew before.

  5. #Wired

    Wired magazine is like a lifelong learner’s handbook. The staff and contributors are constantly coming up with interesting and informative articles on a wide array of topics, and searching this hashtag will connect you with new articles, as well as what people are saying about them.