Posted by: SEO Positive
Posted on: August 24, 2011 3:50 pm
Hashtags on Twitter are quite common, but if you don’t know what they are or how they can be used, it can seem quite confusing, which is understandable, everyone has been there. Not only will you learn what a hashtag is, but you will also learn how to use it to its best potential.
What Are Hashtags?
Hashtags are the Twitter equivalent to keywords, they are commonly used for groups and events, but they can also be used for topics and any other subject. You will probably have seen a trending section, and this is the most talked about things on Twitter, hashtags are commonly found on this but sometimes just words appear. Hashtags are much more specific and targeted than words, as if you posted a tweet about SEO, then you could hashtag that and it would be more clear that the tweet was regarding SEO. Whereas if you did not include a hashtag, then the tweet would be less specific as the topic was not displayed.
How To Search For Hashtags
At the top of Twitter there is a search bar, so for example you wanted to find people who were talking about SEO, so you would use the hashtag #SEO, you will then be given a timeline for all tweets with #SEO in them in a real time format. There could potentially be a few promoted tweets, which are paid for advertising, but there are not many due to this being a new feature rolled out by Twitter.
How To Make The Most of Hashtags
As you can see, Hashtags have the potential to help your tweets become more noticed, this can result in more followers and also retweets depending on the nature of your post. So to make the most of hashtags, I recommend religiously including them into each tweet you post. It needs to be addressed that if you stuff your tweets full of hashtags, then the post starts to lose its’ meaning and becomes very spammy, I suggest a maximum of three hashtags in a post.
Hashtags can be very helpful, and it does take a bit of practice to get more comfortable with them, I urge you to begin using them in your tweets and you will see a noticeable increase in activity, although it is not an essential to use hashtags, but they will give you a slight boost in the Twitter world.