# Hashtags

I get asked daily What is a #hashtag? So, I hope this helps some people.

A #hashtag (#)

This site defines a #hashtag as a community-driven convention for adding additional context and metadata to your tweets. They are like tags on Flickr, only added inline to your post. You create a hashtag simply by prefixing a word with a hash symbol: #hashtag.

Although the use of # has not been officially accepted as a standard. Many social network users have began to use it.

The future of #hashtag (#)
It will only be a matter of time before you will start searching by #hashtags in search engines or any other service. What makes me excited about the future of hastags because it will allow a voice with a specific message the ability to snowball into loud message for a cause.

Personal use of #hashtags
I am starting to use #dms-help as my version of the Batman Signal . If you need my help type #dms-help

I encourage everyone to use it a #hashtag when posting on the internet. If you have a blog that has a tag field. I strongly suggest that you start putting # infront of your tags.

Definitions of #hashtags
Below I have taken the time to list the ones that I am familiar with. But, if you have one that is not listed please feel free to use to the contact form to let me know. Please include the community where it is being used.

#FollowFriday – As defined by Mashable #FollowFriday is the act of suggesting your followers to follow someone by starting your tweet with #FollowFriday.

#dudetodad – A hashtag started by the dudetodad.com for fathers who are writting / tweeting about their new adventures in being a dad.

#my2cents – A hashtag I use when giving my opinion. For example – Dave is not a cool person. #my2cents

#writechat – As defined by whastag #writetag is a weekly conversation on Twitter for writers. A topic is given, then it’s an open conversation. Participants can pose questions and respond to others’ comments.

#piola – A hashtag use during an online event that is held every 23rd between internet users in Latin America. Also, known as “El BarCamp virtual de Latinoam√ɬ©rica”. If your interested please follow @PiolaBarcamp

#tigf – A hashtag started by the wonderful Neha Tiwari who can also be found via twitter at @Nehalia. You can read the reason behind #tigf at http://bit.ly/IL6ps but in short it states “I encourage you to try joining the #tigf movement and would love to hear some of the things you are grateful for in your lives. It can be as simple as having a pair of warm socks to being blissfully employed and leading your dream life.” Example – I can’t buy my new computer but #tigf I have money to put food on the table.

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