How To Use Hashtags In The Most Effective Way

How To Use Hashtags In The Most Effective Way

History Of hashtags:

In fact, meta-data- tags have been around for quite some time, first used in 1987- 1988 on a platform known as Internet Relay Chat or IRC. These meta data tags were used much then as they are today, to group messages, images, content, and video into categories.hashtag

The purpose of such task is to enable users to search hashtags and get all the relevant content associated with them.

In October/2007, when Nate Ridder, a resident of San Diego, California started appending all his posts with the hashtag #sandiegofire– intended to inform people worldwide about the ongoing wildfires in the area.

But Stowe Boyd is the blogger who officially called them “hashags” in a blog post in August, 2007. By July of 2009,  hashtags were formally adopted by Twitter and anything with a # in front of it became a hyper-linked.

This move was later accentuated when Twitter introduced “Trending Topics”, placing the most popular hashtags right on the companies homepage.

Using Hashtags

Hashtags are used for many reasons, both personal and business purposes. from the personal corner,  it’s helpful to keep family and friends abreast of what’s going on in your life and the things in which they are most interested in knowing about.

Nowadays, Corporations are responsible for creating some of the most popular hashtags, doing so to promote a specific product or service.

Even Small companies have followed suit, incorporating trending hashtags into their social media presence. It’s a brilliant way not only to join in on a conversational topic, but to also create new dialogue.

Many companies use hashtags to keep up with their competitors’ marketing, learning what does and does not generate interest?. These tags can also be used to gather a campaign or spread buzz about an upcoming special events.

Is there any Downside for Using Hashtags?

Yes!, there are a few stumbles to using hashtags. First is that you don’t own them, and there are no rules or guidelines. When someone adds a hash symbol before a word, it instantly becomes a hashtag and at that point  anyone else can exploit it. It does become troublesome, especially in business, if it’s taken and used irresponsibly.

For most people, the hashtag is used for fun. Many trending hashtags,. Others help organize news stories around major events. And sometimes they’re just made up on the fly to make a Tweet sound funnier, and  the most basic function of a hashtag is to create a single, organized feed of Tweets around each one.learn2

Here are some tips you may want to stare at before using hashtags

1. Try not to place too many words together for no reason.

For example #ihaveagoogdayilovemylife,  This is  a horrible way to use a hashtag. Not only no one is going to click on it (that is, if you’re using it on Twitter), but no one is going to read it either. You will lose followers if you constantly tweet this rubbish.

2. Try not to use too many hashtags in one tweet

One or two tweets are fine, and maybe three if they are short and promoting an article, or may be four if the hashtagged words are being used in a sentence. But we all know, no one wants to read a tweet full of blue, clickable links.

3. Try not to hashtag the same thing in all your tweets

May be you have a random catch phrase to promote your website, yourself… or your band, But if you’re hashtagging it in every tweet, people eventually will unfollow you, that if you have followers to begin with.  Remember This is not Facebook where someone has to go through the awkward process of defriending… On Twitter here, no one knows… unless you go all hardcore and spend 20 minutes trying to find out if @friend is still following you.

4. Also do not stop using hashtags

Very few would want to follow a person whose tweets are so black… (no links). Hashtags and links provide color and attraction to Twitter pages. Not to use a hashtag is okay,  but not if every single tweet. No one wants to only read about your personal life…  of course unless it’s very funny… but if you were funny, you’d be using hashtags. So it’s kind of a lose-lose situation, What do you think?

Now watch this helpful video on using hashtags effectively


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Sam Ammouri

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