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.
Example: In the Tweet below, @eddie included the hashtag #FF. Users created this as shorthand for “Follow Friday,” a weekly tradition where users recommend people that others should follow on Twitter. You’ll see this on Fridays.
Want to help Bernie Sanders make even more of an impact tonight at the first Democratic Debate? Make sure every tweet you send has #DebateWithBernie in it.
There’s also another way to help make even more impact. It’s called tag hi-jacking. In this case we are going to use an already popular hashtag #DemDebate and piggy back with the new hashtag.
Here’s a sample Tweet:
— The Bern Report (@TheBernReport) October 13, 2015
The tag hi-jacking method will help assure that you are maximizing your time on Twitter and using hashtags helps you connect with like minded people.
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