How and Why You Should Tag Your Tweets
What is a # Tag (Hash Tag)?
A # Tag is just a way to group together related tweets. By using a # Tag, you and your followers can easily see everything that has been said about an event or subject. A # Tag is made up of a string of letters that can be random but should in some way identify what you are Tweeting about. For example a seminar about Internet Marketing could have the # Tag of #INTMARSEM. It’s also a good idea to use a different # Tag every time you change the subject, that way you know for sure what people are commenting on. You can check that the # Tag you want to use hasn’t already been used by someone else by visiting wthashtag.com.
Why Should I Tag my Tweets?
Whether you are running a seminar, webinar, training session or just discussing a trend or product, it is always a good idea to ask your followers to quote a # tag. This way you can easily monitor what people are saying.
Once you have decided on your # Tag and promoted it either via Twitter or your seminar information. You should attach it every time you tweet on that subject. As others also tweet using the same # Tag you will be able to track all the comments related to it. Search.twitter.com is a good site for doing this.
How # Tags (Hash Tags) Work
Here’s an example of how all this works. I recently attended a full day virtual seminar hosted by the American Media Association. Throughout the seminar, running along the bottom of the screen was the # Tag AMAVESM. At the time of writing this, five days post seminar, people are still tweeting about it and using the # Tag. See here. The AMA can easily follow what people are saying and respond if necessary.
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