Understand Hashtags in Twitter
Twitter is vast and can be a little confusing to navigate. Hashtags are one of the efficient ways of organising information on Twitter. Anyone can create a hashtag at any time and no one can own or copyright a hashtag.
You create a hashtag by simply typing a phrase or word preceded by the ‘#’ symbol. For example, if you were tweeting about reading an article about social media you might say/tweet “Reading a #SocialMedia article on using #hashtags with #twitter.” Then, anybody searching for #SocialMedia, #hashtags, or #twitter would see your tweet.
After a hashtag has been created, other Twitter users can use that hashtag in their own tweets.
Follow the Twitter Etiquette
When using hashtags it is always good practice to observe hashtag etiquette.
Twitter’s recommends that you do not use more than two hashtags in the tweet, as this can dilute their usefulness for other users, as well as making the tweet difficult to read.
Understand the purposes of different hashtags. Some are meant to be light-hearted while others are designed to be more business-like.
It is important to only use hashtags that are relevant to the topic you’re tweeting about.
Some Do’s and Don’ts
- Pair your hashtags with images as this will boost your views and encourage additional engagement
- Group your hashtags at the end. This makes your posts easier to read
- Use trending hashtags that compliment your content but only if they have relevance to what you’re sharing. This can be an easier way to gain new followers
- Explore hashtags first. Hashtags with no or few related tags may not be as popular or useful
- Try to replace quality posts with hashtags as these are meant to add to your post, not be content
- #Don’t #Hashtag #Every #Word or #MAKEALONGPHASEHARDTOREAD
- Abuse trending hashtags. Just because it’s the #1 trending tag doesn’t mean you must use it
- #Don’t #Spam #With #Hashtags. Don’t over tag it devalues the strength of the hashtag
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