Social Media 2
I'm thrilled to start this new newsletter. I hope you'll be enjoying these small finds I do each week. There will be a little of everything. Inspiration, fun, usefulness and more.
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Quote I'm pondering
“Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.” —Jim Rohn
Music I'm listening to
This might sound odd but I’m actually loving this album of Rockabye Baby! I find it very soothing and relaxing to work with it in the background. Plus side is that I can raise the volume if I’m working in the evening when my daughter Pénélope is sleeping.
Article I found interesting
I knew it! Dog are smarter than they look, well some are.
Mobile app I'm using
I've been a Nike+ user since its beginning. I'm currently using the Nike+ Run Club app to train for a half-marathon in October. I love the training it puts in place for me.
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.