This post by Angela Dunn was originally posted on the Internet Media Labs blog on May 9, 2012. It has stood the test of time (hey, a year in social media is like a decade in real time), and we thought it was the perfect post to kick off the new TweetChat blog.
Twitter hashtags can connect you to people and conversations all over the world …
Oh! The places you’ll go!Out there things can happen and frequently do, to people as brainy and footsy as you.
And when things start to happen, don’t worry. Don’t stew.
Just go right along. You’ll start happening too. ~ Dr. Seuss
The Hashtag: A Door to Discovery on Twitter
It is hard to miss the # sign attached to keywords, acronyms and phrases in tweets on Twitter. Called “hashtags”, they look like this: #SXSW, #SuperBowl, #mHealth, #knitting, #ideachat, #leadership, #BeyonceComeBack.
What is a hashtag?
“The # symbol, called a hashtag, is used to mark keywords or topics in a Tweet. Hashtags are a great way to build community around content.”
The Hashtag Conversation: Trending Topics and Twitter Chats
Hashtags for Search and SEO
5 Frequently Asked Questions about Hashtags
A Hashtag is Power: 21 Ways to Use a Hashtag
- To search and research a topic or event.
- To create a tribe.
- To curate tweets and information on a particular keyword or topic.
- To track mentions on the social web.
- To find influencers engaged in a topic.
- To track your competition.
- To report from a conference you attend physically.
- To virtually attend a conference and expand your network with people in your industry.
- To brand a presentation, webinar or keynote speech.
- To participate in Twitter Chats on topics of interest or in your industry.
- To avert or prevent a crisis.
- To find health information.
- To build a community around a brand.
- To promote a cause or start a movement.
- To crowdsource funds for charity.
- To crowdsource ideas.
- To follow a sporting event or TV show.
- To find reviews about about a movie or book.
- To follow breaking news.
- To extract customer insights.
- To create an archive around a topic or chat.