Tip for Using Twitter Hashtags

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Here's a quick tip on using Twitter hashtags:

If the word you are turning into a hashtag already appears in the body of your tweet, then it doesn't need to be turned into a hashtag. The reason for this is that it is already searchable under that word.

For example:
"This was the best wedding ever!" doesn't need to be written as "This was the best #wedding ever!"  The word wedding is searchable in Twitter without the hashtag.

If the word wedding wasn't in the text however, then you could add it at the end so that entire tweet would be indexed under a search for "wedding". Example:
"The bride and groom are out the door and the guests are leaving. Tearing down the reception is the saddest part. #wedding"

Adding the hashtags in the middle of sentences slows the eye down in reading and uses extra characters. If the words already exist in your tweet, then there's no need to use the extra space.

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