How and why you should use #Hashtags with Twitter

One of the most complex features of Twitter for new users to understand is the hashtag.

How and why you should use #Hashtags with Twitter


Hashtags are used to identify a specific topic with a hash symbol (“#”) at the start of the word you want to identify. The one hashtag most Twitter users are aware of is #followfriday which helps spread information on other Twitter users.

The hashtag is a favorite tool for business owners, conferences and event organizers, but it’s also a way for Twitter users to organize themselves. Many people append a certain hashtag to tweets about a topic, it becomes easier to find that topic in search, and more likely the topic will appear in Twitter’s Trending Topics.

I created a hashtag training video earlier in the year to teach people how to use hashtags in tweets.

So how do you make sense of all this hashtag madness? By going through the art of the hashtag step-by-step, of course. This short video will give you details how to use hashtags in your tweet and why. Just be sure not to over use your new hashtag wisdom.

Have a tip to share on hashtags or a unique way you utilize them? Have a success story about how hashtags helped you. Be sure to share with everyone in the comments.

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One Response to “How and why you should use #Hashtags with Twitter”

  • avatar @LStacey says:

    There are two fundamental flaws with hashtags:

    1) Not everyone is picked up by Twitter search. Some because the Twitter Gods have decided they are a spammer (even if they aren’t) and some because… Well, Twitter can’t explain it so neither can I.

    2) Trending hashtags pick up spammers and bandwagonists. The more popular a hashtag gets, the more diluted and less relevant it becomes.

    Other than that, it’s all good.

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