I doubt that most people who have been using Twitter recently knew they were using "hashtags" or "widgets" - especially those using some of Twitter's simplest and most effective capabilities to coordinate recent political activities in the Middle East. [ Simplest explanation of Twitter hash tags I've found yet!] See below for more...
Also see the Overloadtiorium: "If working 24 hours a day isn't enough, you have to work nights."
JUST WANT THE WORLD TO MAKE SENSE
"...I just want the world to make sense. ...There it was, the one thing everybody wanted, and the one thing nobody got. ... She'd lived a life that made the unpleasant truth easy to avoid - and now she must have run into something that made it so clear, she couldn't get around it." - Jane Haddam, Not a Creature Was Stirring, Doubleday, 1993, pp. 77-78
Labels first assigned to important new tools and functions of "social networking technologies" are often selected by those who are immersed in the technology itself and who are prone to extend insider terminology and create cute acronyms. Gratuitously cryptic terminology can make new tools seem more complex and mysterious than necessary - especially to the next wave of potential users. We hope to provide explanations and examples that reduce these linguistic obstacles and enable educators to take advantage of these tools' emerging capabilities to support improvements in teaching and learning.
This criticism is irrelevant and the need for simpler intermediate explanations vanishes when the new users are desperate. That was powerfully demonstrated in the Middle East early in 2011.
POWER OF SOCIAL NETWORKING TECHNOLOGY IN MIDDLE EAST 2011
"Unedited, raw, anonymous and emotional, Egyptian voices are trickling out through a new service that evades attempts by the authorities to suppress them by cutting Internet services." - from "New Service Lets Voices From Egypt Be Heard," By CHRISTINE HAUSER, New York Times, Published: February 1, 2011