What are Hashtags ( #) on Twitter Feeds?

what are hashtagsWhat are hashtags? Well, after getting a tweet from him , I decided to check in on a friend of mine, Sean Croxton of UnderGroundWellness.com, to see when his e-book ” The Dark Side of Fat Loss” was going to be released.  See, Sean tweets a lot and one of the few I have coming to my phone directly ( I don’t see half the tweeters I  auto-follow ) and I would see the ” #  ” and some word after it. I know I had looked it up before wondering what are hashtags, but didn’t think much of it at the time.

Receiving a Tweet then wondering what are hashtags people place in there ?

I basically went back to simply Googling ” What are Hashtags” and went straight to the source, Twitter.  Now, I am of course trying to focus on one method at a time in marketing right now which is Facebook learning from Michelle Pescosolido, and trying not to get involved in another avenue, so I didn’t want to get too involved as I don’t fully use twitter in this venture. The account I have is mostly followed by other athletes and then being on autofollow I have a zillion marketers in there clogging it up with tweets every 2 minutes.  But the info I got about what are hashtags intrigued me.

According to twitter’s 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 . I think that is as far as I read last time. But this time I read on.

What are Hashtags beneficial for? : helping you find interesting Tweets

Or in our case..helping others find your information that you have posted about, when you simply tweet about it as well. See, if you post a blog post, then let your followers know with a tweet. But generally you have shortened the URL to get it to fit, which probably won’t show up in a search. But if you throw a # xyz in there at the end…then when someone is doing a search for said keyword..it could help it show up.

More from the Twitter site:

  • People use the hashtag symbol # before relevant keywords in their Tweet to categorize those Tweets to show more easily in Twitter Search.
  • Clicking on a hashtagged word in any message shows you all other Tweets in that category.
  • Hashtags can occur anywhere in the Tweet.
  • Hashtagged words that become very popular are often Trending Topics.

Recommendation being no more than 3 “#” tags per tweet so don’t spam and over tag posts. An example if you were to throw a quick tweet out would maybe be   ” Ranking Dropped? Possible Reasons Why And How To Fix It at http://t.co/acjHhJE8.  #BlogTalkRadio #BlogRanking ”  Now I am not the best at keywording and such yet, but if someone does searches for Blog Talk Radio posts they might stumble upon my friend Clint Butler’s post above. But maybe more targeted is someone looking for blog ranking info.

So now you know a bit about what are hashtags and it wouldn’t take long to throw a tweet out ( there is some auto posting sites out there) here and there with #keyword in there for another little bit having floating around on the net.  Some other tips can be found from Sherilynn “Cheri” Macale

If you find this what are hashtags info useful, share it as always and comment on what else you are working on. Like I said, I am not fully in the know on twitter as a marketing tool yet. Most of what I have is from messing with it prior to starting in network marketing.

What are Hashtags








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