I may be kinda old for some technology but, I did have a Twtter account fully functioning well before my kids and their friends. This kind of made me recklessly confident I guess until one day when someone mentioned to me to Tweet something from my phone using a “hashtag”. I knew what the tweet thing meant but the hash-tag?
Turns out the Twitter is a powerful tool for pushing things, such as your blog. And using the hashtag will make it go further.
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.
Hashtags: a Twitter community creation
Because Twitter provided no easy way to group Tweets or add extra data to messages, the Twitter community came up with their own way: hashtags. The hashtag symbol helps categorize Tweets by keyword – words preceded by the # symbol are grouped with other Tweets containing that same #word. 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.
Below, @VegNews added the hashtag before the word “vegan” in their message. The word is now a link to search results for all Tweets containing “#vegan” in the message.
If you add a hashtag to your Tweet and you have a public account, anyone who does a search for that hashtag may find your Tweet. Aside from not using hashtags for spam purposes, there are no formal rules for hashtag usage. A few simple best practices we recommend include only using hashtags on tweets relevant to the topic, and not over-tagging a single tweet. (This article, with all the hashtag information you ever wanted to know, recommends using hashtags sparingly, and using 1 – 3 per tweet, at most.)
Further Discovery and Reading
Take a look at the third party site shown below, hashtag.org, to get an idea of popular hastags used on Twitter. Find out about trends, look at small, pretty graphs, and search to see if the hashtags of your fantasies exist.
You may also want to read this article about hashtags, which appeared in The New Yorkermagazine.
1. Depending on your age, go back 10, 15, 20, or even more years.
2. Tell us how many years back you have traveled and why.
3. Pretend you have met yourself during that era, and tell us where you are.
4. You only have one “date” with this former self.
5. Answer these questions.
Do I have to???
Okay, as we start, what year is it and how old are you? 1979. Um…since I’m 29…I guess I wasn’t alive yet.
1. Would your younger self (YYS, from here) recognize you when you first meet?
Heck no. “average proportions” have changed a bit.
2. Would YYS be surprised to discover what you are doing job wise?
3. What piece of fashion advice would you give YYS?
Save all of those cool concert t-shirts.
4. What do you think YYS is most going to want to know?
How the heck did I end up in Hooterville?
5. How would you answer YYS’s question?
You never know where you’ll be- just follow the path and take it for what it’s worth.
6. What would probably be the best thing to tell YYS?
Buy stock in Google. LOTS of StOCKS!
7. What is something that you probably wouldn’t tell YYS?
About the last 10 years of my parent’s lives.
8. What do you think will most surprise YYS about you?
That I’m living in Hooterville and it’s not really that bad.
9. What do you think will least surprise YYS?
That I still own many zip-up hoodies.
10. At this point in your life, would YYS like to run into “you” from the future?
Sure. I’m cool. Aren’t I?
Hey- you want to be cool too????