Twitter tries to spice up 2015 UK General Election with emoji-style ‘hashflags’

Twitter has launched a new feature to celebrate the impending 2015 UK General Election.

The micro-blogging site this morning tweeted that updates related to the polls will automatically have a small icon – a ‘hashflag’ – added to the end of them.

However, the mini images won’t appear on all things election-related. Twitter says that only updates including #conservative, #labour, #libdems, #ukip, #greens, #snp, #plaid15, #dup, #sdlp and #respectparty will receive the hashflag treatment.

You’ll have to be fairly precise though, since posting variations of the supported hashtags (#libdem instead of #libdems or #conservatives instead of #conservative) won’t summon the hashflag.

As things go, our current App of the Week happens to also be General Election-related. Follow the link above to read about ElectUK, as well as a host of other excellent Android apps.

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Hashflags were rolled out by Twitter for the World Cup last summer, and popped up again during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

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The social network has created another tool to help users deal with the general election, but it’s a little less light-hearted. You can find the ‘Twitter for Government’ guide here.