Using hashtags on Twitter makes finding anything on a particular subject much easier. Moreover, using hashtags on your tweets makes it easier for people to locate what you send out on a particular subject. A hashtag is a character that looks like this: #. By adding this simple character in front of specific keywords, you are placing your tweets in categories. In this article, we will look at the basics of using hashtags on Twitter.
Begin using hashtags here
Before you can effectively begin using hashtags on Twitter, you will need to log in to your Twitter account and follow @hashtags. Find the direct link to this account here. @hashtags will automatically begin following you back, which allows your tweets to be categorized and indexed in the Twitterworld. When you first begin learning how to use hashtags, it can seem a bit confusing. However, with practice it will get easier to understand.
How to start using hashtags on Twitter
Let’s say, for example, that you are sending out a tweet about the show Dancing with The Stars. In Twitterworld, you would abbreviate this with the letters DWTS to save space. If you wanted your tweet to read something like, “Check out the latest DWTS update!”, you would want to place a hashtag before DWTS, to draw attention to the keyword. Therefore your tweet would look like this. “Check out the latest #DWTS update!” By using hashtags within your tweet, you are lumping it into a category with other tweets about DWTS. Make sense?
Review these other examples of using hashtags on Twitter:
1. Your tweet before inserting a hashtag may read – “Justin Bieber heads to Disneyworld“.
2. After inserting hashtags, your tweet could look like this – “#Justinbieber heads to #Disneyworld“.
As you can see, what you’ve done here is call attention to two specific keywords – Justin Bieber AND Disneyworld. Now, anyone that is searching for either one of these topics will be able to locate your tweet with ease.
1. Your tweet before inserting a hashtag may read – “Simple Halloween decorating ideas“.
2. After inserting hashtags, your tweet could look like this – “Simple #Halloween #decorating ideas.”
Again, you have called attention to two specific keywords in using hashtags. The words Halloween and Decorating have been tagged and will be placed within both categories.
When using hashtags on Twitter, you can use upper or lowercase letters, as they are not case sensitive. Place a hashtag in front of every word that you want to draw attention to.
How to search other’s tweets using hashtags:
Let’s say that you want to see what’s floating around Twitter on a specific topic. Maybe you’re interested in learning more about Brad Pitt (who could blame you?). To search hashtags for Brad Pitt, log in to your Twitter account. Go to the Twitter search bar and type in the name Brad Pitt, preceded by a hash symbol. #bradpitt – (Again, the words are NOT case sensitive, so enter it any way you would like) Immediately, your screen will reveal all the tweets that have been tagged with Brad Pitt’s name. Voila!
If using hashtags confuses you at first, you are not alone. It can seem confusing when you are first learning how to use them. I advise searching hashtags on various topics before using them yourself. This way you can get a feel of how others utilize them in their tweets.
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