Prompted by curiosity, I’ve been doing a bit of research on the Twitter hashtags. You know, the words you come across that look something like #blogging or #fun. When I discovered that hashtags can actually be used to increase my Twitter following, I decided to dig a little deeper and find out how.
First, let’s define what a hashtag is and how it works
A hashtag is a word preceded by a # (#baking) that is included inline with a Tweeted message. Much like the way that blog posts or Flickr pictures are tagged to make them easier to find, hashtags make your tweets easier for others to find. They identify your tweets as being about a certain topic. When Twitter users search for that topic, your tagged tweets will be displayed.
For example, I recently posted the following tweet to my account:
- 7 Headlines You Can Use to Get Your Post Noticed: Your blog post headlines can easily be the most important part o… http://bit.ly/bkz493
To make my tweet easier to find for those wanting to actually learn more about my topic, I could revise my tweet to say:
- 7 Headlines You Can Use to Get Your Post Noticed http://bit.ly/bkz493 #blogging
Now, when Twitter users search for #blogging, my tweet will be displayed.
A great resource for finding which hashtags are popular is Hashtag.org.
How can this increase your Twitter following?
Well, if people like what you have to say, they may follow you for more. Or, if you tweeted a blog post link, as I did in the example above, those people will be directed to your blog. And, again, if they like what they see, you may just get some new followers.