A hashtag definition is a hashtag (#) plus a word or phrase that acts as a keyword or searchable topic in a tweet.
A hashtag is a way to track info as it happens (ie #hurricaneSandy), to see who has shared under the hashtag (#giveaway like in a giveaway) and to see who is using it or what interests or events a person follows (ie #JanesWedding, signing a guest registry or looking around at a party and noticing Joe has on a band’s tshirt).
All the SoMe (social media) channels use hashtags but twitter was the first and facebook was the last to accept their use.
- Twitter will show you three choices when you search a hashtag. Top which is the big tweeters. All is the whole twittersphere that’s using the hashtag you’re searching. And, Who You Follow is just that…who you follow. So…if you want to see what those you follow think about something click that tab when you do the search.
- Facebook and Instagram both will pull up hashtags of anyone that’s used that post. Even if you’ve never heard of them or you’re not following or friends. One will literally give you a picture of how that hashtag is used and the other…well…you’ll get a list.
- Pinterest will pull up info over pins, boards and pinners. I prefer to see pins and boards because they’ll be more relevant or provide concentrated info over that hashtag.
- Google+ pulls up posts even if you are not in their circle and they’re not in yours. It also will pull up hashtags that may relate. This is a blessing and a curse as if you’re like me and SQUIRREL! what were we talking about? 😉 So I recommend you write the hashtags down, look through the posts first and then meander along the additional rabbit holes of hashtags.
Tips to Using a Hashtag.
- You want it short & easy to use and you should edit it too.
- #BB100 is actually a typo! I TOTALLY oops’d it up as it was supposed to be #BYB100. It wasn’t until graphics were made, newsletters sent out and such that I saw what I had done. So…yup. EDIT! I’m lucky because when I went to check if we were poaching I saw someone else was using that hashtag but ours is blog and social media related so we’re good.
- Remember in Twitter Tips I told you not to use more than 3 hashtags at the most? Well…it’s still that way. 1 to 2 hashtags is still your limit. #Dont #be #a #hashtag #weenie isn’t funny. But …
is funny and easy to read. 😉
- Caps or not doesn’t make a difference but it does make it easier to read. #dontbeahashtagweenie is harder to read but #DontBeAHashtagWeenie gives the eye a break to see where a new word starts. The caps act as a space in a way.
- Spaces are a NO-NO! Hashtags and spaces are like me and facebook…arch enemies. If you see the two mixed up something isn’t working right.
- Using a hashtag twice in a tweet is spam. Don’t be that guy.
- Check what hashtags are out there before making your own up. There’s no reason to reinvent the wheel.
- My favorite hashtag tip is to use the hashtag within the tweet. So instead of “Snazzy hashtag tips from @HoneysLife #BB100 #hashtagTip” I’ll tweet
and so can you by clicking the image above!