Find Time To Think of Hashtags as Twitter Keywords

By , The Time Finder Expert, Founder of Finding Time

Solo-E Certified Solo Entrepreneur Expert

Paula Eder - The Time Finder Expert, Founder of Finding Time

Finding time to understand and use hashtags on Twitter had not been a big part of my Twitter practice ’til now, but it appears to definitely be worth the time investment.

In a post on Twitip last month, Marcus Emmanuel Barnes wrote titled “Why You Should Consider Using Hashtags” that helped me to think about hashtags differently.  I hope it’ll do the same for you.

One of the key concepts to help understand hashtags is to think of them as keywords or keyword tags.  If you have a website or blog, you are probably aware of keywords.  They are the “key” words that search engines will use to connect people who search for some combinations of those words to your information on the web.

Hashtags serve a similar function on Twitter.  As Marcus Barnes writes:

“There at least a couple ways that hashtags help people find you on Twitter. The most basic is that in the Twitter interface, hashtags are hyperlinks. When people click a hashtag that interests them, say #twitter, they receive real-time search results of other tweets that have utilized that hashtag.”

While hashtags are very helpful in allowing others to connect with your information on Twitter, the converse is true, too.  You will find hashtags a great tool for finding tweeps with interests similar to yours.  It’s a wonderful tool for aggregating information and creating small (or large) communities on Twitter.

Marcus Barnes, on his blog, has shared a post with a List of Twitter based Apps that Use Hashtags.  For example, twubs is an application that allows you to find groups that are built around hashtags.  Here’s a nice, concise definition of a hashtag, from the twubs site:

What is a #hashtag? A user-created standard for identifying tweets belonging to a topic. Simply include the tag in your tweet and other people searching for the same tag will be able to find it.”

Do you use hashtags now? Have you been puzzled by them?  Intrigued?  I challenge you to find time to start using them this week – say on every 5th tweet.

Paula Eder, PhD is an internationally-known coach and published author who specializes in mentoring heart-based entrepreneurs and small business owners, from the inside out, to align their core values and energy with their time choices and behaviors so that they make more money, create more freedom, and find more time.  To learn more about Paula’s unique, Heart-Based Time Management™ System and begin your transformational journey, sign up for her Finding Time Success Kit. Discover how you can find time for what matters most.

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