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The Beginner's Guide To The Hashtag

#whatisahashtag? and #whywouldIuseit? If you’re a bit confused as to why people are allowed to write full sen...

The Beginner's Guide To The Hashtag

#whatisahashtag? and #whywouldIuseit? If you’re a bit confused as to why people are allowed to write full sentences without a space in between words, as long as there’s a hash symbol at the beginning of it, keep reading!

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Where Did Hashtags Begin?

Hashtagging began with the introduction of Twitter. Twitter introduced hashtagging as a way of labelling a tweet. This labelling allows people to find a group of tweets around a subject quickly and easily.

 

 

What Did They Evolve Into?

Hashtags began to evolve naturally into subjects people regularly talk about, i.e. #todaysucks #cleaneating and #happiness. It wasn’t much of a stretch from the hashtagging of these sorts of topics that might only occasionally be searched by someone to simply using a hashtag as a way of “subtitling” a post. It was at this point that hashtags spread to other social platforms like Facebook and Google+. You can now search for hashtags on both those social platforms.

 

How Should I Use Hashtags?

It’s up to you how you want to use hashtags. Some social circles are readily accepting of people using hashtags outside of Twitter, while others still think it’s strange. To stay safe in your use of hashtags, stick with between one and three hashtags per post and don’t use any that are longer than five words. Long hashtags become hard to read, so if you have a full sentence to say, perhaps don’t hash tag it—just say it!

 

Remember, hashtags are labels or subtitles. They’re meant to add meaning, depth or humour to your update or to group your update in amongst other similar posts.


 

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