What is a hashtag? Or what is a hashtag used for, do you ask?
According to the urban dictionary, a hashtag is “a word or phrase preceded by a hash sign (#), used on social media websites and applications, especially Twitter, to identify messages on a specific topic”.
If you are new to social media, or simply have no idea how hashtags work and you ask yourself why hashtags are even a thing, welcome to the club. Not long ago i was wondering the same thing, so i did the research for you.
Researching about #’s i read this:
“Hunt mistook an @ for a hashtag while tweeting derogatory thoughts about him” and i laughed.
Turns out that the little # are quite useful. I mean if you perform a search about #tomatoes (tomatoes are life, and you can’t deny it) the little pound symbol can group and optimise your search to get the best results and specific generated content. Magic isn’t it? Well, not if you are Hunt, but hey! who am i to judge?
Moreover, if you are writing and you want your content to be linked with more than one topic, you can use multiple hashtags and have your content be more “visible” to a wider audience.
To get even more proficient on your hashtag game – know that you can integrate them in your content or simply write a separate list with/under your post. I suggest you aiming on using more popular themes – that are for the general audiences and equally use some that are targeted on your interest, less popular but aimed for a specific niche. If you have no idea or lack creativity, there are even automatic hashtag generators.
Literally, the internet is working for you. Embrace the power of AI algorithms and discover the most uninteresting things in the virtual world, because why not?
Namaste and get your #game on!