Have You Seen The Hashtags? (it looks like a number sign or the pound key)
If you’ve been using Twitter lately, you may have noticed tweets with hashtags in them. They look something like this: #sbbuzz, #DIYMKTG, #brandchat, etc. Don’t be alarmed, there’s nothing wrong with your computer.
The Birth of the Hashtag
The use of the hashtag on Twitter started on September 18, 2008. It was created by journalists in St. Louis who were looking for a way to group the tweets about the Vice Presidential debate. They started using #vpdebate as part of their tweets.
Since then, the hashtag has grown exponentially in popularity; mostly as a keyword tag so that people who are at a shared event can ultimately group these conversations together.
Tweet Up, Chat, Discuss and Brainstorm — Here’s How
I’ve been invited to lots of local Tweet-Ups. I’ve been to some, but it’s often tough to fit in a drive across town either in the morning or the evening. Now, you can get together with a group for a virtual party using th hashtag and your choice of third-party Twitter tools such as TweetChat or TweetGrid. Here’s how to pull it together.
Be on the lookout for #DIYMKT chat coming your way next week. Start a chat of your own and leave the details as a comment on this post.
What other chats are your favorites? Tell us here.
Name: Ivana S. Taylor
About: Ivana Taylor is the publisher of DIYMarketers.com – an online marketing publication that provides marketing strategies that help entrepreneurs and business owners get and keep profitable customers. She is the DIY Marketing expert and book editor for Small Business Trends and a contributing author to AMEX Open Forum. Her strategic consulting firm, Third Force specializes in helping companies find their best customers and be the one they choose – regardless of price. Ivana is the co-author of Excel for Marketing Managers. You can find her on Twitter as @DIYMarketers.