I was talking with someone just the other day and they used a hashtag in conversation…actually spoke the hashtag out loud. Have we all gone mad?! Has this tiny symbol now become part of our spoken language? Do I need to comment on my conversation using a hashtag now just to be relevant?
The original intention was to form groups, organize conversations and even make certain information more organized by adding a common link with search features. Here’s a few tips for using hashtags:
- Keep it short—You never want your hashtag to be more than 50% of your message. You only get 140 characters on Twitter and there is no limit on Facebook but use your characters wisely.
- Define your tag—Use tagdef.com to make sure you have defined your hashtag so it has meaning.
- Don’t overuse—Use a maximum of two hashtags or followers will think you are spamming them.
- No spaces—You cannot use any spaces in the hashtag or punctuation or it will break the link.
If you haven’t seen this video, remember to hashtag responsibly and #enjoy.