Topic: #HashtagsWhether you call it a hash-tag, or hashtag, it is HOW you use it that will make a world of difference in who sees what you are sharing. Hashtags are found on Twitter, Google+ and are now visible in other social venues; so what is the purpose of this # sign in front of words? Some call it a keyword for searching topics, but the benefits of searching these topics can be extraordinary, especially if you are trying to get the word out.
Let me explain, you have your followers on Twitter and Google+ right? They can see whatever you post, but if you add a #hashtag it opens up your post to the social media world. In other words, the hashtag allows others who are NOT following you to see your post and content links.
Try it, go to twitter.com and search #education, #autism or another topic of your choice. You will now find posts related to your searched #hashtag. Informative (and sometimes not so informative, but usually entertaining) posts you might have otherwise not seen due to not following the original poster now appear for you to surf. Pretty cool eh?
First, a hash-tag is not a #hashtag unless it has a pound sign in front of it.
- # <--- pound sign
- hashtag <--- wrong
- #hashtag <--- right
Second, you do not want any spaces within your hash-tagged word, or words.
- #social media <---wrong
- #socialmedia <---right
Third, use words that will focus and direct traffic toward your topic, or main idea. Here are a few examples:
Tip: Have a local business? Include your city's name in a hashtag when tweeting or posting on Google+; your local social media gurus will likely follow and gift you with a valuable re-tweet, or share. The same goes for national or international agendas.
|Example of twitter trends|
Feeling trendy and want to stay up on current social events? The left hand sidebar on twitter.com usually features trending #hashtags. These might inspire you to jump in on the daily action with a response or a crafty blog post; this a great way to venture into the virtual social world far beyond your current followers.
A word about spam, integrity and credibility. Don't compromise your intentions and hard work! Try to limit your hashtags to a max of 3 per post. Use relevant topics for your hashtags; cheating the system can cheat you out of your valuable twitter account...not good.
Happy tagging! MO