I am asked often about hashtags when using Social Media in general. Please note there is a difference between hashtags on Twitter and hashtags on Facebook and I will use examples from both in this blog.
What is a hashtag you ask? According to UrbanDictionary - A hashtag is simply a way for people to search for tweets that have a common topic and to begin a conversation.
I think (Twitter Tip #5) it is also a great tool to find people that have common interests and increase your social media presence. For example, if you work in #publicrelations, you can enter it as a hashtag and find people who have tweeted using the same hashtag and you can engage with them.
According to a recent article by Mashable: The idea behind hashtags on Twitter is that they're useful ways to surface a particular kind of content. If you want to look for all tweets related to a certain sports game in real time, click on the hashtag for your team's name (Like the #phoenixcardinals).
The hashtag is useful because key words are searchable only by the hashtag. For example, if you search the TV show #TheVoice (Just FYI it is not case sensitive) you will get a list tweets related to The Voice. But you won’t pull tweets that say “I lost my voice.” The reason is that “voice” is not proceeded by a hashtag.
I personally love using #hashtags (Just like my friend Bridgette Blair). Bridgette and I will use hashtags for everything and they are great for making a point. One of my favorite recent posts from her on Facebook using hashtags:
I like to have fun with #hashtags and sometimes I see how many I can get into a Tweet. But some people are not so “pro” #hashtaghappy. Another friend of mine, Kirti Dwivedi, wrote a blog on Business Review USA about using hashtags properly. While I agree with most of what she had to say- sometimes it is fun to HAVE fun with hashtags. So if you are tweeting about #finance it might be fun to put in a hashtag about @birdwatching just to see if people are paying attention!
I want to know what are your favorite/obscure hashtags (make it fun!) that you think people should search for?
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