A little while ago during a Facebook conversation a Joy Chaser explained that she needed a lesson on Hashtags. So hear is all that I know about Hashtags.
I believe Hashtags started as a twitter thing. A Hashtag is formed when you place the pound/number sign in front of a word or a string of words without spaces. Here is an example of a Hashtag, #HashtagExample. The purpose of creating the Hashtag on twitter is to make a word or phrase easily searchable. When you are on twitter and click on a Hashtag other tweets using that same Hashtag will com up. This is what it looks like.
|The Hashtag in this example is #ChasingJoy|
The best thing about Hashtags is how they facilitate conversations on twitter. Twitter only allows you to use 140 characters or less to communicate via tweet. Between the limit on characters and how quickly your twitter stream can flow, with everyone’s tweets popping up, conversations can be quite challenging. Hashtags help with that. By allowing you to see all that is being said using the Hashtag. You can even see tweets from people who you are not following. Using Hashtags to have a conversation gave rise to the twitter chat.
The #CJBL Twitter Chat has been postponed out of respect for the tragedies in Boston. The chat will take place on Wednesday April 17th at 8pm EST.