Are you experiencing social media overload? Check out this funny comic that I stumbled upon on Soc Med Sean’s blog. This is totally me on a day to day basis…ha!
If you are a novice Twitter user and have been wondering what the # symbol means, this post is for you. #Hashtags are simply text or key words and can be placed in the beginning, middle or end of a tweet and are integral to the Twitosphere*, helping users categorize trending topics. For example, using #ff or #followfriday** is a #hashtag. Just decide on the keyword you are targeting, place a pound sign in front of it, and you’ve created your first #hashtag.
Clicking on a #hashtag in a tweet shows you all the aggregated tweets on a topic from the Twitosphere. This is a great way to search for people with common interests or in a job search. You can also use a third-party monitoring tool such as HootSuite to search for #hashtags. Just decide on the keyword you are targeting, place a pound sign in front of it, and you are all set!
#Hashtags are created organically by Twitter users; some are used regularly and others come and go—like one created for a specific event.
*On Friday’s, using #followfriday or #ff in a tweet along with 1 or more @names means you recommend those people as worth following.
**Twitosphere means Twitter users from all over the world.
Cheat Sheet of #Hashtags.
To Find an Employer
These are the tags to plug into Twitter’s search engine to connect you with companies with openings.
To Attract an Employer
Strut your stuff and get yourself out there with these hashtags to help employers find you.
To Find a Certain Type of Job
If you don’t want just any old job, try searching these hashtags for that special placement you have in mind.
On a Lighter Note, Funny Hashtags.