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Hashtag 101 - What exactly is a #Hashtag?

What is a #Hashtag?

A hashtag is a word or a group of words without spaces preceded by a pound sign (#), conveniently called a hashtag nowadays. They were introduced by Twitter as a way to group common topics together and are now used by many other social networks such as Instagram and Facebook.

Why use a #Hashtag?

In the never ending stream of tweets on Twitter, posts on Facebook or photos on Instagram it can be hard to find specific pieces of information. So for example on Instagram if you want to look at cute cat pictures you could search for the hashtag #cutecat and all photos with the cute cat Hashtag would come up in your results.

Now if you take a photo of a cute cat and want to share it with others you could add the #cutecat Hashtag to your photo comment and others would see it when they search for cute cats.

Cats are cute but are there other uses?

Definitely, you can follow and take part of discussions about certain events on Twitter in this way. Say there's a conference and the organizers associate the hashtag #Conf123 to it. People will then comment and discuss topics of the conference using #Conf123 this way all discussions will happen under the search stream and you can interact easily with organizers and other attendees.

Same thing with sport events, even though it may become impossible to follow big events, like the Super Bowl this way since so many people talk about it.

Hashtags are also useful to get up to date information about what's happening in your town or city. Searching for #Toronto, #EventToronto or #TorontoConcert. Same for local news #TorontoNews.

Can I create my own #Hashtags?

Sure can. There are no restrictions to what can be an hashtag as long as it doesn't have any spaces and wacky characters in it. What makes some hashtags more popular is only when more people uses them.

Feel free to be creative, you can use #MyCatRanIntoACactus or #MyCatDrinksBeer hashtags if you want. You never know, maybe someone somewhere has an alcoholic cat who runs in cactuses.

I like to use Capital letters in my hashtags because it makes it easier to read when there's more than one word but it doesn't matter. #CatKingOfTheWild is the same as #catkingofthewild

Is that it?

No. There is a lot more to hashtags but I'll stop here for today since this is Hashtag 101. There are small nuances from different social medias on certain aspects but in general it's pretty similar everywhere. Search for hashtags you want and had hashtags you want others to search for in your comments. Have fun with it, explore, try different things until you find what works for you.

Disclaimer: I don't particularly like cats but I have to admit they make me laugh. Cats can be extremely cute #CuteCat or extremely stupid #StupidCat. s Instagram and Facebook.

Aug 29, 2015 | comment Comment

3 Simple Productivity Tips for Success

Every successful person has one thing in common. They do hard work while unsuccessful people watch TV. Behind every success is hundreds of hours of tiny little tasks, often mundane and boring which accumulate to great things. I often find it hard to motivate myself to do those little tasks and you may have the same struggle. Following my 3 simple steps will help you become an accomplished achiever.

1 - Schedule your time

Take out your calendar and schedule time in your week to work on those tasks you tend to put of to later. Protect that time and don't allow anything else to take over that time. Your scheduled tasked should become as important at the doctor's appointment. Ok, I admit I missed my daughter's last doctor appointment but I think you get the point.

Avoid filling your to do list. We often place small tasks on a to do list. To Do Lists don't tell you when you're going to do something so it's too easy to simply put it off to tomorrow. The use of a calendar make sure you set out a time for those small tasks.

2 - Focus on Starting

Another trick that I use comes directly from the book The Now Habit by Neil Fiore. It simply consist on focusing on starting and not finishing your work. Sometimes we see work as a huge mountain and think that we cannot possibly finish it today so we put it of to tomorrow.

Instead, focus on starting for 15 minutes. Make sure you put away all distractions for those 15 minutes and you may be surprise by what you'll accomplish in such a short time. And you may not even want to stop after 15 minutes if you really get things going.

3 - Grind Time

This is a personal trick of mine. Since working on small tasks is important and I find it hard to wrap my mind around that sometimes I've started calling those time when I need to do as many mundane tasks as possible my "Grind Time". In fact, Friday is the day I do most of my grinding so I call it Grinday.

It's a simple change in wording but I find it really help to put me in the right mindset to accomplish the most out of my grinding time.

What about you?

There are my favorite tips for getting things done at the moment. There are many more tips out there, the important thing is that you can find what works best for you. If you have other tricks I'd love to hear about them in the comments below.

Let's grind.

Successful people do daily what unsuccessful people do occasionally. They practice daily disciplines.
~ John C. Maxwell


Suggested Book

The Now Habit: A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procrastination and Enjoying Guilt-Free Play by author Niel Fiore ( Amazon.com ) ( Amazon.ca )

Aug 25, 2015 | comment Comment

Mobile Review - A game of illusions

We've seen so many things attempted and done in games over the year that it's now very rare to come across something unique. Monument Valley is one of those games.

Monument Valley is a puzzle game based on impossible optical illusions and shapes. The goal is for Ilda, the main character, to navigate through three dimensional mazes which you can manipulate in many ways, twisting and reshaping her environment to allow her to reach her goal.

Every level brings a little something new to the table. When you think the creator's imagination has reached its limits they surprise you with a new trick.

Monument Valley is not very challenging but you'll want to go through every levels. Unfortunately, the game isn't very long and you'll be demanding for more.

The stunning and amazing level design do compensate for the shortness of the game. The creators have released new levels via IAP which will keep you going a bit longer.

I give Monument Valley 4 stars rating.

Pick up this game on your iPhone now.

Aug 13, 2015 | comment Comment

New App - Word Pop Shuffle

Finally, I’ve completed a game to be published on the App Store. It’s a word game simple enough so that everyone can pick it up but which can get hard enough for more dedicated players. I’ve been toying with this idea for a while but could not polish the idea enough to make it appealing to the degree I was looking for.

Aug 8, 2015 | comment Comment

Programming without comments

Comments in your code should be avoided at all cost. Why? Because they waste your valuable time and your collaborators time. Good code does not need comments. You may have heard this before, if you did, unfortunately I'm repeating it.

Jul 25, 2015 | comment Comment

An App to get kids to learn shapes in a fun interactive way

My latest app is one that touches a field I wanted to hop in for a long time. I've always been interested in helping kids learn in fun ways and now that I've done my first kids learning app I can tell you it won't be the last one that I'll do. I love it.

Feb 28, 2014 | comment Comment

The Perfect Tool to Conquer Your New Year Resolutions

Like everybody else, you want to be better. Get rid of all those bad habits, you know which one they are but so hard to take away. What if there was a tool to help you defeat those bad habits.

It so happens that such a tool exists.

Jan 1, 2014 | comment Comment

Word Whuffle: Corona SDK Word Game in Progress

I've been working on this game for a while now. I've been through ups and downs. Through some unfortunate events. But in the end I'm still learning Corona SDK and Lua.

Nov 25, 2013 | comment Comment

BlissNotes: My First App Built with Corona SDK

It's been a very long time I haven't wrote on my blog. A lot of things have changed since my last post. I'm still doing all the same geeky things I used to... websites, graphics, programming etc. But I've learned new things and tricks.

Nov 12, 2013 | comment Comment

The Only Thing You'll Ever Need to Know About SEO

I recently read a great book on influencing people and the author insisted many time on one simple thing. He said, "If, as a result of reading this book, you get only one thing - an increase tendency to think always in terms of the other person's point of view, and see things from that person's angle as well as your own."

What does that has anything to do with SEO? You’re probably thinking, search engines are not humans or persons with feeling.

Oct 25, 2013 | comment Comment

CSS3 Tricks - How to Create Flashing Light Animated Menu

In today's CSS trick I'll show you how to create an animated side menu using only CSS. Tweek my example to fit your site.

Sep 26, 2012 | comment Comment

CSS3 Tricks - Creating Beautiful Animated Sceneries Using Only CSS

Today's little CSS3 trick is a very cool one. It's uses? Well you'll need a web site with a lot of personality to use this but if you do, your visitors are going to be in for a nice treat!

We'll create a fully animated sky with clouds soaring with the wind and a dancing sun. Excited? I bet you are!

Aug 31, 2012 | comment Comment

3 Life Changing Books Everyone Should Read

Here's a very very short list of books I think everyone should read. Of course, it is not the only books you have to read and this is my list of books to read now. Next year I'll have a new list, because life is evolving. I think the following three books have one thing in common, they'll all change the way you see life in there very unique way.

Aug 20, 2012 | comment Comment