Do you want to get your tweets seen by the world at large and build masses of followers? Well, here’s a tip I stumbled upon just by playing, and I LOVE HASHTAGS! It’s so simple, but so powerful. Normally, if you post a tweet, it’s only visible to people who are following you. Unless someone retweets it, then it’s visible to their followers. BUT, if you use hashtags, your tweets will be visible to untold thousands of tweeters who share your same interests.
How to Use Hashtags
It’s so simple! Just insert the # symbol before keywords. Since my goal on Twitter is to meet readers and writers who love romance novels, those are the hashtags I want to focus on. So anytime I use those words in a tweet, I’d insert the # symbol.
Example: I want to meet #readers and #writers who love #romance #novels.
That will turn each of those words into a link. Click on one and you will go to a page that shows all the tweets from around the world that contain that hashtag.
How to Choose and Find Hashtags
As soon as you’re on a hashtag page, pay attention to what hashtags other tweeters are using. A single letter can make a difference. Like “novels” vs “novel.” And hashtags can’t have spaces.
By noticing other tweeter’s hashtag words, you can stumble upon communities similar to a message board, like #amwriting, #writetip, #writegoal, or #writechat. These can be inserted in a tweet or simply tacked onto the end of a tweet.
Example: To reach your #writegoal you must face your fear of the blank page. #amwriting
How Hashtags Help You Gain Followers
Since your tweets are now visible to everyone around the world following that hashtag, you’ll have a lot more people click on your name to check out your profile. Tip: If you’re going to follow a hashtag, offer something of value rather than simply tweeting about yourself. In the two examples, the second tweet is stronger than the first. Tweets containing the word “I” are not retweeted nearly as often as tweets containing the word “you.” Unless the “I” tweet is downright funny. Humor is always welcome!
So, find a hashtag my friends, then go forth and be pithy and wise.
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