Twitter: Why do People Include #tag In Their Tweet?


Twitter: Why do People Include #tag In Their Tweet?
A great question from a member over on the WebMasterWorld forum…

Why # tag people include in tweet ? I never use twitter before just now i join twitter and found interesting # why? to make popularity or something else. help me out.


The # symbol, called a hashtag in Twitter, is used to mark keywords or topics in a Tweet. It was created organically by Twitter users as a way to categorize messages. A hashtag is a way to bring together Tweets on the same subject. It is simply a way for people to search for tweets that have a common topic.

1)    People use the hashtag symbol # before relevant keywords in their Tweet to categorize those Tweets to show more easily in Twitter Search.

2)    Clicking on a hashtagged word in any message shows you all other Tweets in that specific category.

3)    Hashtags can occur anywhere in the Tweet.

4)    They can be conversational or commentary. I personally love to use them for an event. Last year I won a small award for being one of the top 10 Tweeters at the InfusionCon 2011. It was all done using a hastag.

If you want your target market to be able to easily find you, be sure to use hashtags for your keywords in your Tweets! 🙂


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  1. Hey Carla

    I use twitter but I am a just a newbie really, I do not do much with it

    Now I am a hash tag expert thanks to you 🙂


  2. I’m a twitter user in name only, I guess. I haven’t done a lot with it yet. Good explanation! Thanks, Carla. 🙂

    Willena Flewelling

  3. Jacob says:

    I always hear of the hastag, but did not know how to use it effectively. Now I will use this when I post on twitter to categorize. I believe it increases the search of your tweet also. Thanks!

  4. I only recently began focusing on hastags and as a tool to help market my books. For example #SampleSunday is a hashtags many authors use to promote a site where readers can download a free chapter from their book. I try not to overuse it, but I’ve found it really does help to attract the right audience.

  5. Hi Carla,

    Thank you for the info. I’ve been wondering for a long time what that symbol was for. Thank you for clearing that up!

  6. I began using hashtags a couple of months ago to promote my books and I’ve found them to be especially effective at getting traffic to the book page on my blog. Recently I started using them to research specific topics – love this little tool!

  7. Lynn Jones says:

    Hi Carla, Hmmm, hashtags. I do use them, but only on my quotes. I see other tweeters using them on other things, but I have not explored that avenue yet. I do appreciate your info on why to use them. There is so much more to using them, that I haven’t tapped in to.
    Thank you Carla!

  8. Carla McNeil says:

    Always a pleasure Lynn!

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