• VA Investigation – Why use #Hashtags on Twitter and Facebook?

    Do you know what a hashtag is? And have you ever wondered why people use hashtags on their Twitter posts?

    The idea of using hashtags in posts first came about by Chris Messina in 2007.  He posted his first ever twitter and received 332 Replies, 4,807 Retweets and 9,723 likes.

    Twitter at the time rejected the idea but it soon caught on and is now widely used around the Globe today.

    • So, for those that don’t know this is a hashtag #.
    • Twitter and Facebook use it to index keywords and topics.
    • This function was created on Twitter.
    • It allows people to easily follow topics that they are interested in.

    Using hashtags to categorize Tweets and Posts by keyword:

    • By placing a hashtag symbol (#) before a relevant keyword or phrase in your Tweet/post. It helps to categorize each post and will help them show more easily when doing a Twitter/Facebook search.
    • By clicking or tapping on a hashtagged word in a message Twitter/ Facebook will bring up other posts with that hashtag included in it.
    • Hashtags can be included anywhere in a Tweet/post.
    • Hashtagged words that become very popular and become known as a trending topic.

    Tips for using hashtags:

    • You cannot add spaces or punctuation in a hashtag, or it will not work properly.
    • If you Tweet/post with a hashtag on a public account, anyone who does a search for that hashtag may find your Tweet.
    • It is recommended not to use any more than 2 hashtags per Tweet/post as best practice,
    • But you may use as many hashtags in a Tweet/post as you like.
    • Type a hashtagged keyword in the search bar to discover content and accounts based on your interests.
    References:  Twitter and Letty Scrimgeour.
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