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What are #Twitter #hashtags?

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Do you know what a hashtag is? According to Twitter,

"Definition: The # symbol, called a hashtag, is used to mark keywords or topics in a Tweet. It was created organically by Twitter users as a way to categorize messages."

Why use hashtags?
Hashtags serve multiple purposes in a tweet.

First, a hashtag can bring attention to keywords in a tweet and allowing those hashtags to be searched by other users. If you have a cause, such as #OccupyWallStreet, the hashtag can help create a Twitter conversation and mobilize supporters.

Second, a hashtag can be used to provide a further explanation of an idea expressed in a tweet, such as the below tweet from the author:

A Facebook friend who hates Twitter just put a # in his status update. #IrresistableForce #JoinTwitter

Third, a hashtag can be used as marketing. Many television shows such as #Fringe on FOX use hashtags to market their show and organize the conversation about the show.

How to use a hashtag?
You should use hashtags to engage others on Twitter. They can be used to create conversations, whether real or humorous. Here are a few tips:

  • To create a hashtag, type the # sign and enter your text with only letters or numbers. Make sure the hashtag shows up as a link when you send your tweet.
  • If you think your tweet is a little ambiguous, try to add a succinct hashtag to help explain it.
  • You should never put more than three hashtags in one tweet. Those 140 characters are precious for you and your followers.

#ForMoreInformationAboutHashtags

Please read about them on the official Twitter help site and on hashtags.org.

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