I promised some friends recently that I would publish a short piece on hashtags to explain what they are and how to use them. Hashtags were originally used in information technology to reference certain subjects, and they were specifically used in twitter for mainstream use and then youtube google + and facebook. They are used in this medium to highlight a subject so that a user can easily search for a particular subject, even if they have no connection to the originator.

Hashtags are used with the symbol # and then the group words with no spaces or symbols so

When you are wishing to join into a subject such as social media and you want your content referenced for others to easily find, you would include the hashtag #socialmedia then when people search for that hashtag your copy will become visible (subject always to the privacy settings of the place posted, for instance I belong to a private group on facebook, hashtags used there will not be found outside the group). Likewise if you wanted to search on a subject you would type #socialmedia in the search box and all available under that thread will be presented to you.

How to Use Hashtags on Twitter

How to Use Hashtags on Twitter (Photo credit: @NonprofitOrgs)

There are lots of existing hashtags so look carefully at the use of each before choosing to use one of your own, you might find an amusing usage of it in existence already.

You could say that by using a hashtag you are creating an independent forum for people to use and jump in or out with no real membership requirements, making it one of the easiest forms of cascading information.

For a real interest test try #lbbros a twitter feed for connecting people within freemasonry, socially, meet and share information and find out what it is all about.


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