Before this course, I didn’t really know much about #hash tags. I did not know how to use them neither did I know what they were for. To be blatantly honest, I only really began using hash tags when I signed up for Instagram (an app on the i-Phone) – and even then, i used them infrequently!
But as I continued through my Netmed course, I began to use the hash tag more frequently. I still wasn’t entirely sure if i was using them correctly, but I figured all I had to do was just add in a ‘#’ (hash tag) and write related words to my image. Regardless, I still wasn’t sure were the hash tags were going, or what they were doing. So, I decided to investigate.
And here is what I found along my way:
Hash tags enable people to find you based on what you’ve tagged, through a common topic. Put more simply, if you hash tag #electricalsky for example, and others hash tag #electricalsky too, then anyone can find you through that same hash tag #electricalsky.
Now, enough about #electricalsky. To further clarify hoe hash tags work, I went to the Twitter Help Centre to find out more, and this is what I found:
Using hashtags to categorize Tweets by keyword:
- People use the hashtag symbol # before a relevant keyword or phrase (no spaces) in their Tweet to categorize those Tweets and help them show more easily in Twitter Search.
- Clicking on a hashtagged word in any message shows you all other Tweets marked with that keyword..
- Hashtags can occur anywhere in the Tweet – at the beginning, middle, or end.
- Hashtagged words that become very popular are often Trending Topics.
Using hashtags correctly:
- If you Tweet with a hashtag on a public account, anyone who does a search for that hashtag may find your Tweet
- Don’t #spam #with #hashtags. Don’t over-tag a single Tweet. (Best practices recommend using no more than 2 hashtags per Tweet.)
- Use hashtags only on Tweets relevant to the topic.