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Posts Tagged ‘Hashtags’

#Nameyourancestor: Scientists Turn To Twitter To Name Humanity’s Long-Lost Ancestor

This month, Twitter’s good for more than predicting Oscar fan favorites.

Using the hashtag #nameyourancestor, anyone on Twitter can contribute to the crowd-sourced effort to officially name humanity’s newfound furry little ancestor.

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Five Best Practices For Hashtags

Hashtags are the quickest and easiest way to search for and find out what Twitter users are currently talking about.

They’re also key to productive Twitter engagement – hashtags put your tweets in front of the people who are interested in them.

Check out this post for a short history of the hashtag.

But most importantly: how do you use them? And how do you use them well?

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A Short History Of The Hashtag

Perhaps the most important term in the Essential Twitter Dictionary we published last week is “hashtag.”

A hashtag, or “#”, denotes a keyword or topic on Twitter. It’s any string of characters without spaces.

Some of the most popular hashtags from the past few months are: #NFL, #Election2012, #BlackFriday and #CyberMonday.

Hashtags are the quickest and easiest way to search for and find out what Twitter users are currently talking about. They’re also key to productive Twitter engagement – hashtags put your tweets in front of the people who are interested in them.

But how did it all start?

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3 Simple Ways You Can Use Twitter To Find A Job

The more popular Twitter becomes, the better it becomes for job seekers. As more people flock to sign up, more employers realize how useful Twitter is for recruitment, more colleges provide job-related resources on Twitter, and more success stories are born each day.

If you’re looking for a job, here are three simple tips to help you leverage Twitter to find success.
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What Are The Most Popular Education Topics On Twitter? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Educators love Twitter: some 90 percent of teachers have used social media in the classroom or for educational purposes. But how exactly are these educators connecting to each other and their students?
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Mercedes Creates A Twitter Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Commercial

Using slick visuals and viewer participation, Mercedes ran a three-part commercial over the weekend to introduce its new A-Class line. And Twitter users were in control of how the commercial played out.
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10 Ways To Build A Large, Quality Following On Twitter

While we’ve said many times that follower count means less on Twitter than influence, followers are still an integral part of a successful Twitter presence.

If you’re looking to grow your follower count in a sustainable, meaningful way, here are 10 tips to get you started.
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Strategic Tweeting: Fewer Hashtags And Tweeting When People Are Busiest [STUDY]

It might sound counter-intuitive, but a new study of some of the top brands on Twitter shows that tweeting with fewer hashtags and sending your tweets when people are busy is part of an effective Twitter strategy.
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5 Useful Tools to Monitor Twitter Hashtags

Want to know what’s being talked about on Twitter right now? Or how about what people are saying about your or your brand? Monitoring hashtags is a great way to get in on a conversation on Twitter, whether it’s a trending topic or a few tweets per day. We’ve compiled 5 useful tools that will help you monitor hashtags on Twitter, so you can keep up with the conversation.
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Why You (And Your Business) Should Play Hashtag Games on Twitter

What would you do #ifyoureallylovedher? Do you have a favorite #modernbeatlesssong? If you feel compelled to answer these frivolous questions, you’re not alone: hashtags were the most popular trending topic in 2010. Twitter users love jumping in there and adding their two-cents to these often humorous hashtag games. But they’re more than just a meaningless bit of fun – hashtag games are a social media marketer’s dream.
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