Twitter Tuesday: What’s a Hashtag?

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When I try to explain Twitter, hashtags always baffle people. So I thought, “What a great idea for a Twitter Tuesday post.” Hashtags are such an important aspect of this social network, especially if you want to get serious about Twitter. If you have no idea what a hashtag is, or the concept evades you, read on!

WHAT IS A HASHTAG?
Simply put, a hashtag is a keyword. It is often preceded by the number sign (#hashtag). Sometimes, memes will go around Twitter using these hashtags (#tweetyour16yearoldself comes to mind). Hashtags can be used to find people talking about a particular topic. For example, if you want to connect with people in #Eugene, you can search for that hashtag. I had a public relations course at the University of Oregon where the professor assigned the class a hashtag and we could tweet her our questions. Other students could also chime in on the conversation.

If enough people use a hashtag, it can become a trending topic. When this happens, it will show up on the righthand side of the Twitter homepage under the trending topic list.

The point is, if you want to connect with people on Twitter, you need to use hashtags.

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Do you have anything to add about hashtags? Let me know in the comments below. Also, feel free to ask me your Twitter questions.

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