Hashtags 101

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Hey there! Long time no post- but I have returned from the wifi-less zone and now I’m back in action!

Ok so down to business, let’s talk hashtags. Hashtags, for those of you don’t know, are any words or set of words with the # symbol in front of it and they are most commonly used on social media. Although I’m sure we all have that annoying friend who adds verbal hashtags to conversations.

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Why Hashtags are Cool, and Super Practical:

Hastags are a quirky way to brand your social media post, as well as search for posts that are interesting to you.

For example, if you tweet about your puppy and use the hashtag #puppylove, as I am wont to do with my dog Marley (as in Bob Marley, not the mischievous dog in the book/movie), the hashtag is a way to tell people what your post is about. Similarly, other dog lovers can search on their social media for hashtags, like #puppylove, and your tweet will come up.

It’s also a great way to keep up with events, topics of personal interest or news. Many times a specific event will have its own hashtag, like a movie premiere or conference. This way all of the guests can all connect without having to know each other or follow each other. As long as the same hashtag is used you’ll be able to see anyone else’s social media posts with that same hashtag identifier.

My cousin actually just got married and she asked guests to use a specific hashtag for pictures or videos from the ceremony and reception. That way after the wedding she could search for the hashtag she created and see all the great moments her guests captured that night.

Hashtag Know How:

            When you create or use hashtags it’s important to keep some basics in mind. One such basic is that hashtags don’t include apostrophes or other kinds of punctuation, including spaces.

            For example:

 #youremyfavorite- correct

#you’remyfavorite- WRONG!!

The hashtag is only what is directly connected to the # symbol, and shows up blue on Twitter, anything that breaks up the hashtag cuts off the rest of what you intend to hashtag.

I know all of you grammar sticklers are going NUTS right now, but hey, get on board or get out of the way!

Also, when you’re using a predestinated hashtag, like I did for my cousin’s wedding, make sure you have the right hashtag. There’s nothing more embarrassing than using the wrong or misspelled hashtag in a post, thank God there’s that screen there so no one can see you blush! People who post on smart phones with autocorrect should be particularly wary of this common hashtag faux pas.

Oh, and one more EXTREMELY CRUCIAL detail to make sure you come off sounding like a hashtagging fiend, never, and I mean never, call it a pound symbol. As tech savvy as you may be, by saying pound you will not only completely date yourself but also loose digital street cred.

Until next time,

          Your Gal Friday

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