Many of you received the e-mail we sent earlier this week with the details on how to use social media to follow the 2010 MSTA convention. In the e-mail, we mentioned the Convention hashtag: #MSTA10.
A hashtag is an easy way to automatically group tweets on the same topic. It adds tweets to a category. Hashtags have the 'hash' or 'pound' symbol (#) preceding the tag, like: #gtchat, #teachers, #edchat. Hashtags can occur anywhere in the tweet.
Here’s how we’ve recently used the #MSTA10 hashtag.
From the Twitter Help page, “Although hashtags aren't an official feature Twitter provides, their popular usage is usually visible on Twitter Search, which usually has a hashtag term in trending topics.
If you add a hashtag to your tweet and you have a public account, anyone who does a search for that hashtag may find your tweet. Although any keyword with a # in front could be considered a hashtag, there are many commonly used hashtags. Aside from not using hashtags for spam purposes, there are no formal rules for hashtag usage. A few simple best practices we recommend include only using hashtags on tweets relevant to the topic, and not over-tagging a single tweet.”
Still have more questions? Check out this Twitter Hashtag Wiki page.