It seems that the whole world has gone hash tag crazy. From being an unused button on the phone and keyboard to being the source of frustration about when to use them the common # has seen it all.
So in this blog post I’m going to go through the use of #hashtags with perhaps some imaginative ways that you can utilise their power.
To my knowledge twitter was the first social media network to come up with the concept of hash tag. Put simply they are away of uniting all messages with a common theme, and the thing which unites them is the use of the #hashtag.
Conferences and TV shows began using the hashtag to group together all tweets about a particular show #celebjuice and #chattyman use them all the time. If you want to tweet about the show and you want to make sure that your message is seen by people watching the show then you simply add the hash tag to the end of your message.
It’s then possible to search all messages that are using the same tag.
Hash tags then started to spill over from twitter into Facebook and Google plus with people using things like #justaying & #epicfail to explain what their message was about…
Because people were using the Twitter etiquette of the hash tag on other social networks it wasn’t long before Facebook and Google decided that they would introduce formal recognition of this tag – it’s only been in the past week or so but Facebook is roll this out across its users in the UK.
So how can you use them now famous hash tag?
- Consider developing a unique hash tag that you use as a practice. #yourpracticename
- Or using them when you talk about treatments such as #teethwhitening and #dentalimplants
- If you run a competition then link all of those messages together with your #competitiontag
- Use them to add intonation to your message #onlyjoking #justsaying #beingserious
- Grouping types of messages together is also possible #dentalhealthupdate #missingteethadvice #straightteeth