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Ultimate Guide to Twitter Hashtags

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Ultimate Guide to Twitter Hashtags

What is a Twitter hashtag?

A hashtag is a way to unite global Tweets around some particular topic. Basically, these are tags that that help those who seek similar content discover your Tweets. According to the official source:

Hashtags are a community-driven convention for adding additional context and metadata to your tweets. They’re like tags on Flickr, only added inline to your post. You create a hashtag simply by prefixing a word with a hash symbol: #hashtag.

Hashtags are getting more and more popular (despite the fact some people are against them wishing their Twitter stream to be metadata-free and “as human a form of communication as possible”).

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Anyway, I do use hashtags and find them fun, so I am sharing a few tips and resources below.

Where can I find what hashtags people are using?

#hashtags.org is the first place to find most recent and hot hashtags. It also shows each hashtag popularity trend when you hover over:

hashtags.org


Twemes.com is another useful resource for discovering new hashtags and tracking those you are interested in. It has a hashtag cloud and also offers RSS subscription to any hashtag stream:

twemes

Wthashtag.com is a user generated wiki of hashtags. If you don’t know what any hashtag means or how to use it, you can use the site search and get a well-compiled entry explaining the meaning of the hashtag:

  • When it was first discovered;
  • Description;
  • External links;
  • Live stream using the hashtag:

wthashtag.com

How are hashtags used?

Generally, a hashtag is a great way to increase your Tweet visibility. However they should only be used if your Tweet adds value to the topic (so don’t insert # sign before each word).

Remember, that hashtags are tracked by people, so don’t waste their time by [I #eat #ice-cream #now] type of messages (this is also likely to rip off your followers). As an example, here are a couple of cases when using a hashtag makes sense:

  • To categorize your Tweets based on a particular topic or for a particular purpose – e.g. #followfriday is a fun tradition to recommend your friends (and the whole universe) new people to follow:

FollowFriday

Hashtags: live-blogging

Do you use hashtags? Share your favorite ones!

Ann Smarty

Ann Smarty

Brand amd Community Manager at Internet Marketing Ninjas

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