At SXSW I had quite a few hallway conversations about what I consider the Twitter hashtag problem. As a constructive contribution to the ongoing discussion, in between sessions I threw together a way to strip out hashtags from Twitter a account and create a new, hashtag-free account using Yahoo Pipes and Twitterfeed. You can see it and read about it at:
It requires a few manual steps since I have to create a new Twitter.com account for the person, and then set up Twitterfeed to feed RSS to it. I’m taking requests if there’s anyone you follow who you wish you could see without the # signs, or if you yourself use them and would like to offer your friends a hash-free version of your account. Just drop me a comment or email. Assistance on the project is also welcome in terms of design, development, or anything else you’d like to jump in on.
As soon as I finish it up I’ll be adding an interactive form that lets you play around with the hashtags in Twitter streams and get instant feedback.