Tuesday, September 15, 2009

What is a Hash tag (#) on Twitter?

The hash tag (#) is used on Twitter for users to categorize their tweets. The hash mark (#) before a word in a post allows you to tag that post for that word. However, in order to get tracked via a hash tag, you need to opt-in and follow http://twitter.com/hashtags. Once you’re following Hash tags, every time you make a post in Twitter and tag it with a hash mark like - #car, it will then show up as a real-time post on http://www.Hashtags.org.

A hash tag on Twitter, is simply a way for people to search for tweets that have a common topic.

For Example – if you search on #car (or #CAR or #Car, as it is not Case - Sensitive), you will get a list of all tweets related to the cars. But you won’t get tweets like “I love car” because “car” isn’t preceded by the hash tag. But if it is written as “I love #car”, it will show up, as it is preceded by hash symbol.
Hash tags allow you to create communities of people interested in the same topic by making it easier for them to find and share info related to it. And they are also excellent way to increase your followers.

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