With the excitement of a mere 3 days until the big event (how did this happen?), several people have asked about how we are going to manage Twitter and what hashtag we will be using to follow it.
Definition: The # symbol, called a hashtag, is used to mark keywords or topics in a Tweet. It was created organically by Twitter users as a way to categorize messages.
Using hashtags to categorize Tweets by keyword:
- People use the hashtag symbol # before a relevant keyword or phrase (no spaces) in their Tweet to categorize those Tweets and help them show more easily in Twitter Search.
- Clicking on a hashtagged word in any message shows you all other Tweets marked with that keyword..
- Hashtags can occur anywhere in the Tweet – at the beginning, middle, or end.
- Hashtagged words that become very popular are often Trending Topics.
When it comes to an event like a conference where attendees are heavily using Twitter to communicate, there is nothing like TweetChat to filter out traffic from people you follow who are not at the event or not talking about it – so you can focus.
We’ll have TweetChat on the big screen in the practice lab, Nyan Cat’s Poptart, and use #NEPABlogCon for the official event hashtag. No matter what app you use to tweet, they will all show up sweet!