When I first started using Twitter, I was confused by hashtags. Sure, this is a little embarrassing to admit now, but I didn’t understand who made Twitter hashtags and how I was supposed to figure out which ones to use. My process usually went like this:
- Create a tweet.
- Rack my brain to think of what “topic” I was addressing could also be trending (I wasn’t even certain that I knew what that meant)
- Google “Trending Twitter Hashtags about (my topic)” – I really wish that I was joking.
Sometimes, I would even look on the side of my Twitter feed to the “Trends” and only post tweets relating to these hashtags because I knew that they were safe.
If you’ve ever said to yourself, “I don’t get twitter hashtags,” you’re not alone. We’re here to help!
It’s easy to think that just because Twitter has been around for a long time, everyone understands it, but if you’ve recently decided to master Twitter, let’s talk about hashtags.
What are hashtags?
Why would I need to tag a post?
I’m sure that we don’t need to tell you that there are a lot of posts circulating the internet at any given moment. It’s easy to get lost. Tags allow you to find posts related to specific subjects (and also allow search engines to find posts about subjects). Think of it like a giant catalogue system.
Make sure to come back for our next post: Common Uses for Hashtags. You’ll be an expert in no time!