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Using Hashtags

Written by Wally Narwhal | Mar 19, 2013 4:40:00 PM

Maybe your business is new to Twitter, or maybe you're just confused about how to use hashtags correctly. Wonder no more! Here is a quick background on hashtags and their purpose:

Definition: The # symbol, called a hashtag, is used to mark keywords or topics in a Tweet. It was created organically by Twitter users as a way to categorize messages.

  • People use the hashtag symbol # before a relevant keyword or phrase (no spaces) in their Tweet to categorize those Tweets and help them show more easily in Twitter Search.
  • Clicking on a hashtagged word in any message shows you all other Tweets marked with that keyword.
  • Hashtags can occur anywhere in the Tweet – at the beginning, middle, or end.
  • Hashtagged words that become very popular are often Trending Topics.
  • Don't #spam #with #hashtags. Don't over-tag a single Tweet. (Best practices recommend using no more than 2 hashtags per Tweet.)
  • Use hashtags only on Tweets relevant to the topics.

While hashtags did start on Twitter, some other social platforms have taken notice. A couple of them, such as Google+, Instagram, Flickr, use a form of hashtags and even Facebook is rumored to be jumping on the bandwagon sometime soon. Currently, using hashtags on Facebook is considered by many a social media faux pas.