Hashtags: What are they and how to use them?

Even if you don’t know what it is, you have probably seen this symbol # used in many places lately. The hashtag, has been know as many things in the past, a pound sign and a tic-tac toe game board are just a couple of those things. Today, it has seen a rise in popularity due to Twitter.

Do you know what hashtags, Nintendo Gameboy, and the Fresh Prince all have in common? They are products of the 90’s.

The hashtag, did not become well used by the general public until 2007 when Twitter started to become popular. However, it was first used during the late 1990’s on IRC (Internet Relay Chat) to categorize items into groups.

Are you a user of the hashtag? I bet you have used it but are not really sure why? Even though the hashtag concept has been around for a while, the social applications are pretty new. As with most new things, hashtagging has given rise to many questions about how to appropriately use it.

For example, have you ever wondered how many to use? How long your hashtags should be? Or just plain asked, why should I use them at all?

For the answers to these questions and more, check out this infographic below from SurePayroll. You will learn the basics for how to use hashtags on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook while also learning tips for how to launch and run a successful hashtag campaign.

Need assistance learning how to use hashtags. Josiesque Designs can help you use this tool to engage with followers, launch new products or services, and announce your next event. Give us a call today to get started!

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