Find Time to Tweet Some Heavenly Hashtags

Finding time for Twitter is a Cyber Monday staple here at The Time Finder.  Today I’d like to share a bit more about the usefulness of hashtags.  This is an especially timely topic for many of us right now, as we’ve been following the #wtlead tag on Twitter to keep in touch with Andrea J. Lee’s recent 3-day event in Vancouver – The Wealthy Thought Leader.

Twitter is all about communication and community – and hashtags offer a simple way to create and sustain community by making it possible to be more targeted as we stay in touch and share information on Twitter.

The Twitter Fan Wiki offers a good overview of hashtags.  They are basically a way to create groupings in Twitter.  Interestingly, hashtags seem to have originated back in 2007 when they were used during the San Diego Wildfires for tracking updates about the fires.

Hashtags are community-driven, so their ability to deliver what you’re seeking will be determined by how effectively the community chooses to use a tag. For example, #sandiegofire set the standard for the use of hashtags by a Twitter group to track news of a major catastrophe and to mobilize real-world resources to help those affected.

From there, their use has grown exponentially!  And of course, as tools grow, they can be overused.  Here’s a helpful hint about hashtag etiquette from Wild Apricot Blog (source, also, of the information about #sandiegofire above):

Hashtag etiquette is still evolving, so let good social manners be your guide. It is a rare “tweet” that deserves a hashtag, so tag only those updates that you feel will add significant value to the conversation. One hashtag is best — two are permissible — but three hashtags seem to be the absolute maximum, and risk raising the ire of the community. Tag sparingly, and with careful discretion. is one of a number of sites where you can track hashtags.  You can search there for particular hashtags, and will be presented with a real-time stream of tweets fitting your criteria – as well as a chart depicting tweets over time.  As an example, click this link and see what comes up on a search for the word quote (#quote).

Do you use hashtags now?  Not so much?  Try practicing with them this week … and let me know how it goes – I’d love to hear!

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