Twitter Hashtagging Best Practices

By on February 18, 2011

In the world of social media, something as simple as a hash tag can become the subject of endless discussion. Twitter’s hash tag for example, has been used, abused and downright mistreated by avid tweeters on the platform Download Starbucks music.

Hashtags on Twitter

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In some cases these hash tag dissidents are asked politely to stop, or they are banned from the platform 동물 철권 2 apk. But mostly, people who misuse them go unchecked, which spoils the conversation for everyone. That’s why it’s important to know what you are, and aren’t doing on Twitter 인터넷 동영상.

You may be irritating thousands of people, because you don’t know how to use the hash tag properly. If that’s the case, then you need to check out the hash tag best practices 크롬 실시간 동영상. It’s good for business, you know.

1. Only Use Hashtagging As Directed

Twitter tells us to use hash tags to help categorize topics or subjects that we are talking about – so if someone wants to find some information on say…’bugs,’ you’d use the #bugs hash tag in your tweet, to help them find it 노트북 펜 다운로드. Simple enough, so why then has the hash tag become a silent monster on tweet decks everywhere?

2. Try Not To Stuff Too Many Hash Tags Into Your Tweet

A tweet with three words and a string of hash tags, isn’t a tweet at all fedora iso 다운로드. We understand your need to help people find your tweet so that they can connect, comment or re-tweet what you’ve said – but lets be honest, that isn’t going to happen unless the actual tweet is good 고릴라어플 다운로드. Try to limit your hash tags to 3 or 4, so that your tweet still holds some relevance in the world.

3. Going Off The Topic of Conversation

When you use a hash tag that bares almost no relevance to the tweet you’ve just published, you are contributing to Twitters ever-mounting page clutter, or tweets that make no sense Windrunner apk. It’s like having a friend ask you a question, and instead of answering it politely, you go completely off topic and start speaking about that fishing trip you went on last year 윈도우7 테마. It’s selfish, it’s irritating and it’s not going to win you any fans.

4. The Corporate Sabotage Hash Tag

As long as there is a way to ruin another company’s list, then competitors are going to try and do it Solaris 9. The hash tag has been the tool of many a corporate saboteur, assisting in the blatant degradation of a list that was once informative and interesting.

By adding a lot of negative rubbish, or plain nonsense to a competitors list – many businesses feel that their lists will do better. This is a huge no-no on Twitter! If you can’t create the best list without stooping to such levels, then you’ll never have the best list. Period.

If you can stick to the original and intended use of hash tags in your tweets, then you’ll be just fine. Anything else, and you’re abusing the hash tag system. All you’re doing then is complicating your profile, and reducing the quality of your own tweets.

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About John Souza

John Souza is founder and chief strategist of SMMU and Social Media Impact, and is a bestselling business author. He won the 2011 Tech Marketing Awards ‘Social Media Marketer of the Year’ and most recently the About.com Reader’s Choice Award for Best Online Education Site. John has appeared on The Michael Gerber Show, and his business has been honored at the Mashable Awards, Forbes Business Awards and The Stevie Awards.
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