What is a hash (#) tag?

March 19, 2012 0
What is a hash (#) tag?

We’re going back to the basics with this post! If you’re on Twitter, or thinking about joining the network you should probably know what a hash tag is.

#example! It’s as simple as that. A hash symbol, followed by some text.

Why does Twitter use hash tags?
Well, it’s really a very old type of communication on the Internet, the same with Twitters @mentions, where you’re message is directed at a specific user. But hash tags and @mentions have been brought back by Twitter to help organise the site.

When are they used?
The general principle of a hash tag is to assign a subject to your post. Much like you would in an e-mail, except usually between 1-3 words. This allows people who are interested in your subject come across what you have to say about it.

Twitter shows you ‘trends’ in hash tags so you can see what’s being talked about most. This makes hash-tagging useful for current events to help keep the community up-to-date and on top of the goings-on in the world. Hash tags can also make things go viral, remember Kony 2012? Without the hash tag and Twitter, that campaign wouldn’t be where it is today.