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Definition: The # symbol, called a hashtag, is used to mark keywords or topics in a Tweet. It was created organically by Twitter users as a way to categorize messages.
- People use the hashtag symbol # before a relevant keyword or phrase (no spaces) in their Tweet to categorize those Tweets and help them show more easily in Twitter Search.
- Clicking on a hashtagged word in any message shows you all other Tweets marked with that keyword.
- Hashtags can occur anywhere in the Tweet – at the beginning, middle, or end.
- Hashtagged words that become very popular are often Trending Topics.
To note: If you Tweet with a hashtag on a public account, anyone who does a search for that hashtag may find your Tweet.
Source: Twitter Support
Hashtags are now used by other social media including Instagram, Facebook and Flickr.
An interesting timeline of the key moments of the hashtag
#Hashtag” with Jimmy Fallon & Justin Timberlake
Good practice: Don’t #spam #with #hashtags. Don’t over-tag a single Tweet. (Twitter recommend using no more than 2 hashtags per Tweet.)
Some fun making of the overuse of the hashtag and what a conversation might sound like.