Hashtags# Symbols– What are They All About

by Debbie Twomey on April 9, 2012




If you are anything like me, you can get lost in all the constant changes in technology. As a Social Media Manager, part of what I do is staying on top of any new information or technique. I must admit, some of the concepts were a challenge but one I was up to.


Hashtags—the word sounded like something we should be cooking, not a social media tool. The symbol # meant number to me; I mean that is what it represents on the keyboard. The # is a hash symbol which is how it came to be known as a hash tag. In the social media world it represents a hashtag in Twitter (but now applies in Pinterest too). 


The definition of a hashtag is that it is a mark (#) or prefix that is used to indicate keywords within a Tweet. This tag improves chances that tweeters find a topic or category–quicker. 


Hashtagging is an excellent way to “Trend a Topic.” Most popular tweets have hashtags like Justin Bieber or American Idol. They became popular using the #hashtags.


If your product or website is all about wellness that is one word you will always tag in your tweets. An example is: #Wellness information can be found at www.thetotalwellnessdoc.com/  This not only shows the website but makes it easier for search engines to grab a hold of wellness when you are seeking relatable information regarding that subject.



  • Use hashtag symbol before # pertinent #keyword in their Tweet. This helps to classify or group your Tweets.
  • When doing a Twitter search you will find your topic easier and faster 
  • It is possible to click on a #hashtag and discover other tweets related to your tag–  (For example: #Courageous movie will show you all the tweets regarding that movie, or  #Titanic3D  will show you the latest tweets about the release of Titanic 3D).
  •  You can place a hashtag anywhere within your #tweet.
  • There are a few rules regarding hashtags. It is advisable to not use more than 3 within your tweet.
  • Always be sure the hashtag is relevant to your topic—if it about mommies, your hashtag should be #mommy.
  • Do not place your # last in your tweet.


#Hashtags are essential social media tools when running a business that depends on the “reach” your Tweets will have. Sandi Krakowski (www.arealchange.com) states that:“The difference between #social media and #social #media can go from millions to billions.”


Hash tags have created a community within Twitter. And now, if you are on Pinterest, by utilizing a hashtag for say #Lace, you will pull up all pins related to lace and join fellow lace “pinners.”


Anyone can create a hashtag and therefore a community of people who have that tag in common. First do a Google search to be sure what topics related to your tag are already out there.


Using a hashtag can help get your message or product tweeted more consistently and to a much broader audience. So if  want to promote your business or search for a specific topic you need to get “Hashtagging.”

You can find more information regarding hash tags at www.hashtags.org






"I have dedicated my life to the care and welfare of children. I feel privileged to share what I have learned with you. I am also committed to continuously learning.  I will keep informed of the latest information in parenting children from newborns to teens and pass it on to all of you.”   I will also use that same passion to help you create a dynasty generate increases in your business with straightforward and specialized media managing skills that guarantee your connection and scope will grow. Keep up to date reading our posts and discover valuable insights that can make parenting and succeeding in the business of the blogging the most exciting adventure. (Debbie Twomey)




{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Red4roxie April 9, 2012 at 6:32 pm

when I get into twitter, I’ll have to make you my first contact, love the article, even makes sense to me a non=twitterer


dj2me April 9, 2012 at 8:04 pm

I will gladly help you Roxanne


Lori April 9, 2012 at 10:11 pm

Thanks for the info; good stuff.


Corry April 10, 2012 at 11:29 am

oh boy do i have a lot to learn


Dr. Mary Starr April 12, 2012 at 7:13 am

Great article ! 


Ebarbagallo May 24, 2012 at 10:03 am

Wonderful information as usual.  I am amazed at what I am learning from your blogs!!  Keep up the good work my friend:)


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