So, here is our
Down & Dirty Guide to Using Hashtags:
- Hashtags start with the "#" symbol followed by the word or phrase (no spaces) for example, #Knowledge or #KnowledgeIsPower
- Hashtags can appear anywhere in the tweet; beginning, middle or end
- Think of hashtags as key words or phrases that are relevant to your topic
- Hashtags help you categorize tweets or search for similar tweets
- Hashtags can help you contribute to an ongoing conversation. For example during the IT Awards ceremony we use #NYITAwards. Any tweet using that hashtag will be categorized together and will automatically be included in the our stream.
- The use of hashtags is one of the ways "trending" statuses are determined. If a hashtag is very popular and used by many people, that topic is identified as trending.
Twitter has identified seven basic uses for hashtags:
- Promotion of products, events or activities
"Our show opens tomorrow. Buy your tickets today! #IntrepidPlayers"
- Coordination of activities
"Participants can get water on the corner of 34th & Broadway #CleanUpNY"
"Flat Maria Irene visits the set of Donkey #FlatIndie"
"Hey Girl, Seen any good indie theatre lately? #SeanWilliams"
"There are so many great companies working #Off-Off-Broadway #OOBRules"
"Rehearsal at 6PM #schedulechange"
"There are 2 kinds of theatre, commercial theatre & theatre that matters.
We're here to celebrate theatre that matters." ~ Edward Albee #quote
7. Contribute to a conversation
TIPS & TRICKS
- Do not over use hashtags. Best practices suggest only 2 hashtags per tweet
- Do not use hashtags to spam. Make sure your hashtags are relevant to the topic
- Only use a hashtag if it adds value to your tweet
- Search for similar tags before creating your own
- Clicking on a hashtag, shows you all the other tweets using that hashtag
Check out this great post Twitter Hashtags: Nonprofits Speak Up