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10 Rules for Hashtag Usage

In “The Trend Behind Hashtags,” we discussed where hashtags originated and the trends that keep them popular. Now it’s time to talk a little bit about using hashtags for both personal and professional use. 1. Keep it short and simple There’s no reason to make your hashtag a run on sentence. Hashtags are used to track trends and create conversations. If you have something clever to say, try saying it without jumbling the words together and placing a hashtag symbol in front. 2. Limit your hashtags to 3 at most I cannot stress this enough—there is absolutely no reason to use more than three hashtags. Doing so looks like spam. Furthermore, hashtags are used to capture the topic of what you’re posting about or the photo you’re sharing. You should not need more than three hashtags to summarize what you’re sharing. If you do, then you’re doing it wrong. 3. […]

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The Trend Behind #Hashtags

If you work in a company or industry that frequently attends, hosts or promotes conferences then you may be familiar with the moment you first used a hashtag. Such events as SXSW utilize hashtags to help Twitter users quickly filter through the Twitter Universe, simply by searching for #SXSW. The use of hashtags actually started way back in 2007 when designer Chris Messina suggested using the pound sign as a way to organize conversations on Twitter. Over time, the introduction of apps like Instagram offered similar search methods as Twitter, as hashtags allowed users to quickly find a favorite topic or theme. Instagram is a great example of where hashtags went wrong. Instagram, for instance, allows users to cross-post by simply checking multiple apps when publishing a photograph. Seeing as Facebook is a photo-sharing heavy social media outlet, many photos on Facebook quickly became bumped posts originally shared on Instagram. […]