6 Hashtag Tips – The # Symbol
The power of the hashtag, I love the hashtag.
Twitters 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. Now pretty much all social platforms have incorporated the hashtag.
Creating a hashtag is as easy as creating a word and then adding the # symbol in front of it. When I used to host meetups I used hashtag #ByzHub. Now I use hashtag #KiSSapp
3 rules for your hashtags
- Keep them short so they don’t chew up much of the 140-character limit on twitter.
- Simple so they are easy for the audience to remember and type.
- Unique so your group is the only group using the hashtag.
I was teaching at SEEDS business development center and I got them to use the hashtag #seeds. Turns out #seeds is a very popular keyword for lots of enthusiasts, particularly in the cannabis crowd.
Hashtags are hyperlinked folder / lists; if you click on the hashtag a new window will open and only show the posts from people using the hashtag. All other noise is eliminated except for those using the hashtag.
You can now follow and interact with people who have the same interest as you. If it’s a large gathering you can meet people without actually meeting them.
3 more tips to make a hashtag work for you.
- Announce the #hashtag name
- Post signs around your event with the #hashtag
- Have a live feed projected, everyone loves to see their own tweet.
My next post will be about a live feed tool for your events. Do you know any good live feed websites?