How to use Twitter, hashtags or #hashtags

by Prashant Kumar Sharma

Hashtags Introduction

Hashtags are a community-driven convention for adding additional context and metadata to your tweets.

Simply put, it allows you and others to make a fast search of tweets using a tag.

They’re like tags on Word-press, only added inline to your post. To create a hashtag, you simply put a # (hash symbol) in front of a word,  example: #hashtag.

Here is a simple and useful guide/tips on

How To Use Hashtags

  • Start using hashtags in your tweets, preceding key words. It can be helpful to do a little research first, to find out if the subject you’re tweeting already has an established hashtag.
  • Twitter itself offers support of hashtags at their search engine: http://search.twitter.com. Other services or following hashtags in real-time such as TweetChat, TweetGrid, and Twitterfall are also popular.
  • You can track other tweets on the subjects you’re interested in (ie: those containing the appropriate hashtags) by browsing/searching on services like Hashtags.org, TwitterGroups, TweetChat, TweetGrid, Twitterfall, etc.Cool Stuff: using a service Hashtags.org for paacific i got this, a Sweet Tweet Chart.
  • CamelCase

    When creating a hashtag for something that may consist of two or more words its a good idea to use the “CamelCase” format to maintain legibility. The idea is to join words with each words initial letter capitalized. For example if I wanted to create a hashtag  for south Africa, I would type out: #SouthAfrica instead of #southafrica

  • Ettiquette

    Used sparingly and respectfully, hashtags can provide useful context and cues for recall, as well as increased utility for the track feature. Used excessively can cause annoyance, confusion or frustration, and may lead people to stop following you. It’s best to use hashtags explicitly when they’re going to add value, rather than on every word in an update.

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