What Are Twitter Hashtags For and How Do I Use Them?

January 1, 2010 by Melanie  
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If you’re new to Twitter, you may feel inundated by the tidbits of people’s lives streaming by (especially if you’ve found a number of folks to “follow” already). By now you’ve read lots of “Tweets” and clicked the various links people have posted, but you may be wondering what those hashtags are about. You know, the words or phrases smashed together after a # symbol.

Well here’s an explanation of the Twitter hashtags (no geek-speak used):

Essentially, they’re a way of organizing information and making it easy for people to find what they’re looking for on Twitter. It’s a bit like categorizing your recipe box #stews, #cookies, #cakes, #secretBBQsauces, etc. etc. etc. So if you see someone sticking #startrek at the end of their tweet, they’re just letting folks know their comment or link belongs in the Star Trek section of their Twitter “recipe box.”

Twitter hashtags that don’t make sense?

What if you see someone using a tag and can’t, for the life of you, figure out what it’s in reference to? You can either file it into the ‘how important can it be anyway?’ camp, or you can look it up to find out. Sites such as whatthetrend.com and tagal.us can show you what hashtags are being used (or have been used in the past) and what they mean.

Why would you want to use hashtags?

Ahh, the big question. What’s in it for you? Can’t you tweet on Twitter just fine without throwing hashtags into your already limited writing space? Sure you can. But just in case you want to try them out, here are a couple reasons:

Basically, hash tags make it easier for folks to find your tweets. There are all sorts of search sites out there that help connect Twitter users. Let’s say you’re a fantasy fiction fan who can’t get enough of Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and other speculative fiction novels, and you want to meet other Twitter users with the same interest. If you’ve ever tried to search for “fantasy” online, you know you’re as likely to get fantasy football sites as you are to find sites devoted to the genre (and we won’t even get into the other “fantasies” people talk about online). Now if you head over to a Twitter search engine such as twitterfall.com or search.twitter.com and type in #fantasy, as opposed to just “fantasy,” you’ll only get tweets from folks who have tagged their posts #fantasy. I can’t promise that you won’t still find some, uhm, questionable tweets that way, but I’ve had much better luck than by simply searching fantasy (the football people usually use the #football hash tag).

Also, if you were writing about Harry Potter books and it wasn’t natural to use the word fantasy in the sentence, you could tag it with the #fantasy hashtag at the end, and people could still find your tweet by searching for fantasy.

How to use Twitter hashtags

Okay, you’re sold on them now. Or at least, you’re thinking of trying hashtags once or twice. How do you use them?

It’s pretty easy. For obvious ones, just add #yourtag somewhere in the Tweet (people often put them at the end, but there are no rules). If you’re not sure what the most popular hashtag convention is, you can check the search sites I mentioned above to see what other people Tweeting in that area are using (since space is limited, people usually go for short tags).

You can also start your own. Perhaps you’re talking about a new event, meetup, convention, etc. and part of the reason you’re tweeting is to advertise it. You can announce it into existence to inform other folks from the event, meetup, etc. what the official hashtag is going to be.

i.e. on Twitter, you might post:

Portland Science Fiction Lovers Meetup members, let’s categorize our tweets with the #PdxSFMeet hashtag.

Easy peasy! Just play around on Twitter and with the search sites, and you’ll get the hang of hashtags in no time.

If you’re a lover of things geeky and/or a science fiction and fantasy fan, follow the author on twitter or check out her fantasy short stories (nothing dirty!).

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Twit Truth

November 5, 2009 by Melanie  
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Twit Truth shows a table that displays the top 500 twitter users and various statistics about their accounts and the people that engage with them.

If you want to be included with Twit Truth, simply type your Twitter username and click “Lookup Username” button and this will redirect you to login to your Twitter account.

Availability and Charges:

Service is available from their website at http://twitter.com. Charges are not mentioned.

Remarks:

Not affiliated with Twitter

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Backtweets

November 3, 2009 by Melanie  
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BackTweets offers a search engine for link on twitter. You have two searches option namely the URL search and Advanced search. Just type the trends or topic in the space provided and click search to start the search.

Availability and Charges:

Available from their website at http://backtweets.com/

Charges are not mentioned.


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Twist

November 1, 2009 by Melanie  
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Twist is a service wherein you track trends on particular topics or people on Twitter. A tweet chart is displayed on their website at http://twist.flaptor.com/ showing the results of the trends. Every line in this chart represents a topic being mentioned over the last 24 hours, or 7 days, or 30 days.

The colored area on the graph indicates a period of time in which the topic was hot. Just click anywhere in the graph and the topics will be displayed below.

Availability and Charges:

Available from their website at http://twist.flaptor.com/

Charges are not mentioned.

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Xefer

October 30, 2009 by Melanie  
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With xefer, you can find out how active a certain Twitter user is. Just enter Twitter ID and click get data. The user’s Twitter account must be publicly available in order to get the data of a certain Twitter user.

Xefer.com displays a graph showing the tweets of a certain Twitter user by time of day and day of a week.


Availability and Charges:

Service is available from their website. Charges are not mentioned.

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Tweetbeep

October 28, 2009 by Melanie  
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TweetBeep offers a free Twitter alerts by email just like Google alert. Just set up an automated alert to be notified when specific keywords are being detected in a tweet and receive an email when someone is twittering about you, your website, your company, or your products.

With TweetBeep you are on track of conversations that mention about you, your products, your company, your blogs, or your websites.

With TweetBeep premium account, you can get 200 alerts and respond quickly to relevant tweets. Simply sign up for a free account and then upgrade using the upgrade link on their website.

Availability and Charges:
Free = available
Premium = $ 20/mo

Remarks:
They can be reached via e-mail at info@tweetbeep.com

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TweetGrid

October 25, 2009 by Melanie  
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TweetGrid is a great Twitter search console that lets you search for up to 9 different topics, conversations, phrases, hash tags, events, groups, people, etc in real-time. The grid will be automatically updated once new tweets are created.

You can use TweetGrid even without having a Twitter account. After you have selected a grid layout on TweetGrid, you are off to go. However, when tweeting from TweetGrid, you need to have a Twitter account.

TweetGrid is also available for iPhone. With TweetGrid in your iPhone, you can search trends and see trending topics in real time, saved searches, multiple account authorization, and tweet from the results page.


Availability and Charges:

Available from their website at http://tweetgrid.com/
Charges are not mentioned.

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Twitter Triumph

October 23, 2009 by Melanie  
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TwitterTriumph offers a unique service of developing extremely targeted money making email lists on Twitter on autopilot mode. It might be the easiest way to build your lists and start selling your products and make more money quicker and easier using Twitter.

With TwitterTriumph, you will quickly develop targeted Twitter followers, develop responsive email lists and learn how to build products that you market.

TwitterTriumph offers an advance course explaining you on how to get targeted people in your niches, how to make them to follow you, how to have them added automatically in your email list once they follow you so that you can have your market with them even outside of twitter and sell your product with them quickly.

Some of the quick benefits offered by TwitterTriumph is showing on how to create products quickly that are laser targeted in your niche, use of Twitter for your products research, and exclusive techniques on how to tap into the mind of your niche and uncover what exactly they want and how to give them what they want.

Remarks:
Coming soon

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SnapTweet

October 20, 2009 by Melanie  
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SnapTweet is a service which is easy to use that simply and easily shares your Flickr photos to your Twitter flood. You can share your Flickr photos on Twitter by direct messaging via SMS or Twitter.com and by using auto post feature from SnapTweet.

To start, simply enter you Twitter Username and Password.


Remarks:

SnapTweet is not affiliated with Twitter or Flickr.

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FRIEND or FOLLOW

October 18, 2009 by Melanie  
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Friendorfollow.com will let you know who you are following but not following you and who’s following you that you did not follow in return.

Just enter your Twitter username and clicks submit.

Friendorfloow.com is linked to http://tweetreach.com/

Availability and Charges:
Service is available from their website.
Charges are not mentioned.

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Twitter Traffic Machine – The Automated Growth & Money Making System.

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Twitter Treasure Chest: ‘Follow Me!’

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