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What is a Hashtag? and How do I Use it?
Twitter arrived on the world stage with the introduction of revolutions and celebrity couples. It immediately proved its point of being useful on a large spectrum, from organizing revolutions to the meaninglessly information about what snack you just ate! Whether you like it or not Twitter has become a very important social network. From personal use to business and social action, the mini blogging site has revolutionized the Internet. So as more and more people join the site it creates a larger impact on society. Such a force also brings with it new terminology, which not everyone understands. Twitter has already done this with a number of actions involved in the blogging site including Tweets, which are your status updates, and tweeting, which is a verb that refers to the act of writing or being involved in posting a tweet. usually once you have used the site for a while these terms become more easily understood, however many who use it for business might not have the time to completely immerse themselves into the new language. So this hub is going to look at one term that can be vital to any tweet as well as any tweeter. What is a hashtag and how do you use it?
Top #Hashtags of 2011
List found at Huffington Post
What is a #Hashtag and How do you Use it?
So in the Twitter universe a Hashtag is not just the symbol #, it means so much more. Hashtags on Twitter connect tweets, allows other Twitters to see tweets from people they don't follow and can even describe tweets. Hashtags, like it's mother Twitter can be of the most importance in a social action situation, Amber alert, even weather report; or it can be meaningless fun for Tweeters.
Hashtags often end up in the trending list, which is a list of the most popular words being used on twitter at any moment. It's kind of like a meter of whats being discussed on twitter, many current events will show up. To the right is a list of the top seven hashtags of 2011. As you can see Egypt and Japan made the list, one for it's revolution, the other for it's earthquake disaster. This proves that Twitter has an important role in crucial life and death issues across the world! However the list also proves that Twitter is used for fun too, with hashtags like #superbowl making the list. The versatility of twitter is amazing!
So how does Hashtages work on Twitter? It's pretty simple when you want to use a hashtag to connect your tweet to a larger audience, connect it to a topic, or just use it to describe your tweet; come up with that keyword and just put a # (pound) sign directly in front of the word or phrase without any spaces! For example if i tweeted about an article i wrote on Hubpages, i may want to add a hashtag of hubpages to my tweet so that people looking for hubpage related tweets can find it. The hashtag would be written like this #hubpages . Now two things to keep in mind when using hashtags! One is to make sure you have enough characters left to include your hashtag, Twitter is a micro blogging site and therefore only allows you 160 characters to post per status! Second is to choose your hashtags wisely, make sure it is relevant to your tweet if you want people to read it and any misspellings Will prevent it from being seen by the intended audience.
Sometimes hashtags even have special meanings! For example the hashtag #wx is normally used to refer to weather. The hashtag #p2 is a political one that means progressive 2.0, referring to liberal tweets. On the other end of the political spectrum hashtag #tcot is used for the top conservative tweets. Then of course you also have some hashtags that have been around since the beginning like #followfriday (now #ff) which is a way you list people you follow in a tweet on Friday and add in the hashtag to suggest them to your own followers to follow.