March 23, 2017

June 10, 2009

Brief Twitter Lesson: Hashtags

Those of you who have a Twitter account can log in and locate the search box in the right column of your page.

Many Twitter users use what are called “hashtags” to categorize their comments. Hashtags are words or phrases (without spaces) preceded by the pound symbol (#).

For example, I may find a great article on barbecue somewhere on the web. In my tweet I’ll link to it, and follow that link with #barbecue.

Now, anyone who enters #barbecue into the search field will find my tweet (among millions of others that include the #barbecue hashtag, but if I’ve tweeted fairly recently before their search, they’re likely to see mine on the first or second page of results).

That’s all for now. Take a moment if you like and read this more detailed tutorial on hashtags.

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