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Do you #Hashtag?

I began a tutorial on the use of twitter when I started hosting the ProBlogger Winter 31dbbb on the Sits site’s Community Forum as a way of introducing this special way of getting a message or Tweet out in 140 characters.

A few of the comments that I received were about Hashtags and how to use them, so I thought a little tutorial on “the hashtag” would be a great follow up.

A Hashtag:

• Is a keyword with a # hash symbol in front to identify it.

• Gives people who are interested in that topic an easy way to find you and follow in the discussion.

• Helps someone target their niche or audience

• Can show that you are knowledgeable about a specific subject or demonstrate that you are a leader of information for a specific topic, or you are interested in this topic of conversation.

• Act as a label which allows a person to find a particular topic of interest.
• Can be used for setting up “chats” in real-time.

• Are driven by the community, so their ability to deliver what you’re seeking will be determined by how effectively the tag is used.

After you start using Twitter you will see these little symbols on a daily moment by moment basis. At first I didn’t “get them” but as soon as I started using them I had an “ah ha” moment and realized how easy they were to use, and made my time on twitter more efficient.

Example:

When we began the Winter Problogger31dbbb challenge I created a hashtag to use when I sent out daily tweets about the days tasks or as updates. Before creating this I checked to make sure that one was not already established at hashtags.org. There wasn’t one so I jumped in and created our #sitsgirls31dbbb and the group has been using this daily since Day 1 to find one another, chat, give updates and advice.

If you were to type #sitsgirls31dbbb in the search box you would find all of the tweets that are related to our group and then you can respond and become part of the conversation.

Or

When looking at your time line; if you see a #hashtag that interests you click on it, and it will bring you to a timeline of tweets that all follow the same topic.

Have you used our #sitsgirls31dbbb in a tweet? Why not tweet this one out now?

RT @shelleyellen It’s Party Time! Day 7 Write a Link Post; it’s linking time ladies #sitsgirls31dbbb

And now a little announcement… Dah Dah Dah Dah… As a thank you for everyone who is following along with our #sitsgirsl31dbbb I will be giving away a prize every Friday for the next few weeks with the grand finale prize $100 gift card to Amazon. (From our friends at Sits!)This week will be for all of you music buffs, come on back because you or your kids, or your hubby must love music! I-tunes gift card Giveaway entry on Friday!

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Shelley Kramm is the founder and editor of I'm Still Standing and The DC Ladies. Learn more about her and her inspirational family here and connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, Google+ and on about.me.

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Comments

  1. woo! Look at you, sweetening the pot with some giveaways :)

  2. I rarely ever post with hash tags that are actually trending…I tend to make my own up because they amuse me. : )

  3. Thanks for these tutorials. They have been very helpful!

  4. Thanks for the great info! I rarely use hashtags, but I think that has more to do with me just learning about twitter. I'm trying it more though! :)

    And yay for giveaways!!!

  5. I often forget to add hashtags to my tweets but if I remember, I get more traffic and more retweeting of my blog posts.

  6. Giveaways are always fun! 😉

    This is a great tutorial on hashtags. Awesome.

  7. I'm like Renee. I generally don't use trending hashtags–maybe I'm just not a very trendy gal–guess I'm more of do-your-own thing. I make up my own hashtags to fit my tweets.

  8. I don't really use hashtags- but I am way behind on proper twitter usage, so I'll have to start, little by little.

  9. I am catching up. I can't believe how much I didn't know about twitter.
    I like Alison's idea about using them to promote blog posts. I never thought about that.

  10. Great tute Shelley! I do use hashtags. I have my blog set up to auto tweet my new posts and it converts categories and keywords in my title into hashtags. I love this feature.

    Hashtags are great…especially during a lively twitter party or for a twitter only giveaway!

  11. I gave you a Stylish Bloggers Award! Check it out:
    http://mamasmonologues.blogspot.com/2011/02/best-moment-this-week.html

  12. What a great post! I'm still getting used to the whole hashtag thing. Thanks for posting about how to use them; I'd better start practicing. :)

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  1. […] Twitter chats use hashtags. A hashtag is a way to track a specific topic or event on Twitter. Hashtags begin with the hashmark (or pound) symbol (#) and incorporate a word or series of words with no spaces. Examples of hashtags are #bloggybootcamp, #SITSBooks, etc. In the case of our Twitter Chat, the hashtag is #SITS31DBBB. If you’d like to read more on hashtags you can check out my post Do You #Hashtag? […]