My Hashtag Obsession

So I’ve entered a new (to me) phase of social media – the hashtag phase. It all started with #FF. I will be the first to admit that I’ve taken it a bit overboard. Okay not a bit. A LOT!

Check out these tweets that I posted for clients. I get better by Tweet #3 for 7-ElevenSoCal:

Hey, I’m still learning.

  • Too many hashtags = not so good.
  • Keeping hashtags relevant to point of the post = right on!

 

Background on the Hashtag

What is a hashtag? (sweetspotmarketing.net)

A hashtag is any topic or keyword with a hash symbol at the start to identify it.

Where do you find hashtags?

Twitter.com

How do you use hashtags?

A hashtag is basically a tagging system for keywords and search terms. Usually used to track conferences and events such as #SXSW for Austin’s South by Southwest, the hashtag is also used to notate other things like #FREE (notating that the tweet is showcasing something that is free) or #FOOD (notating that the tweet is food related).

Who started the hashtag? (gigaom.com)

On August 23, 2007, the Twitter hashtag was born. Invented by Chris Messina (then with the consulting firm Citizen Agency, now an open web advocate for Google), the  first tweet with a hashtag read as follows: how do you feel about using # (pound) for groups. As in #barcamp [msg]?

Resources regarding how to use the hashtag appropriately.

  1. A Quick #Hashtag Lesson
  2. How to Use Hashtags Without Looking Like a Total Beginner

And yes, there IS a #hashtag. Just in case you were wondering. *wink

Happy hashtagging!


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