Hashtag Defined

The #symbol is a tag added to Twitter status updates (“Tweets”) to give them additional context. To use a hashtag, simply include a keyword with a hash symbol in the body of your Tweet, e.g. #glossary .

A hashtag symbol is placed in a Tweet before the relevant keywords to categorize and improve the Tweet’s visibility in Twitter Search.

For example: #SEO is a known hashtag for search engine optimization.

The Hashtag Tools

If you are looking for hashtag trends then I suggest using tools like:

What the Trend?: The best feature of this tool is the explanation of why a particular hashtag is trending.

Tagalus: Tagalus is a hashtag dictionary and allows you to use Twitter to define and set definitions.

Hashtags.org: I really like this tool. Not only can I see the Tweets and the hashtag but also a graph that shows the activity of the hashtag.

Hashtag Resources

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