How to use the hashtag on Twitter: 8 steps (with pictures)

How to use the hashtag on Twitter: 8 steps (with pictures)
How to use the hashtag on Twitter: 8 steps (with pictures)

You've probably seen #hashtags all over the internet. Twitter, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, and many other social sites use hashtags to create instant connections with other users. When other people use a hashtag to find a particular word, they will see all posts containing that hashtagged word (used after the # sign). It is a very practical knowledge to understand, how social media is becoming the main medium for communicating.


Method 1 of 2: Use hashtags with Tweets

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Step 1. Understand hashtags

The universe of Twitter is large and can be a bit confusing to navigate. Hashtags are one of the most important and effective ways to organize information on Twitter. Anyone can make a hashtag at any time, just by typing a phrase like "#subject" in a tweet.

  • For example, if you tweeted an article, you could say "reading an article from #wikiHow about using #hashtags on #Twitter". Then people who search for the words #wikiHow, #hashtags, or #twitter will see your tweet.
  • After a hashtag has been created, other Twitter users can use that hashtag in their tweets and add to the big conversation on this topic. Hashtags can be general (#wikiHow) or specific (#how to usehashtagssurTwitter) as desired. They are an organic form, created and managed by Twitter users, not by Twitter itself.
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Step 2. Create your own hashtag

The form of this process is exactly the same as for including an already existing hashtag. All you have to do is type a sentence of the form "#subject". Do not put spaces in the sentence you want to turn into a hashtag, because the hashtag starts with the "#" and ends with the first space. When you click on "Tweet", your new tweet will appear in your list of tweets and the hashtag you created will be displayed in blue. Scroll down and click on it to be redirected to the hashtag page. If you've really created a new hashtag, your tweet should be the only one on the page. Now, every time someone embeds your hashtag in a tweet, it will be added to the page.

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Step 3. Include an existing hashtag in your tweet

You can do this simply by typing a phrase like "#subject" in your tweet. After clicking on "tweet", your tweet will appear in your list of tweets with the hashtag in blue. Hover over the hashtag and click on it to go to the page corresponding to that hashtag. Your tweet will now display when other users visit the hashtag page.

If you want to use an existing hashtag, make sure your spelling is correct and there is no space between the words you want to include in the hashtag. The writing in capital letters, however, does not matter. So “#wikihow”, “#wikiHow” and “#WikiHow” will produce the same result

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Step 4. When using hashtags, be polite, observe the hashtag label

Twitter best practices suggest that you use no more than two hashtags in a tweet, as this can diminish its usefulness to other users and cause it to be a major pain in the eyes of readers.

  • Understand the needs of different hashtags. Some are obviously meant to be ridiculous, while others are more serious. Make sure you observe these differences if you don't want to attract the ire of other Twitter users.
  • Only use hashtags that are important to the topic you are tweeting.

Method 2 of 2: Use hashtags to search and navigate

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Step 1. Access Twitter using hashtags

Clicking on a particular hashtag (in blue) will take you to the search results page where you will see other tweets that contain that hashtag. Near the top of the page, you can select "Top", which shows tweets containing the hashtag that have been retweeted many times, "all" which shows all tweets that include the hashtag and "people you follow" for only see tweets from people you follow who have used that hashtag.

  • You can also go to a search results page by entering the hashtag #searchterm in the search box above the list of tweets.
  • In the “Trends” box on the left, you can see the hashtags that are currently the most popular across Twitter. Clicking on any of them will take you to a results page for that particular hashtag
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Step 2. Find the hashtags that interest you

As Twitter keeps growing, so does the number of hashtags. There are many ways to find hashtags related to topics that interest you. Read the Twitter feed of the people you follow and click on the hashtags you find interesting.

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Step 3. Look for hashtags in everyday life

Using hashtags is a growing trend in advertising that can be very entertaining, as anyone can (and will) comment on the hashtag market to say whatever they want. To use one, just add the hashtag of your tweet and you'll be added to the conversation.

Likewise, live events like awards shows or sporting events are featured in hashtags so that viewers can easily participate in the live discussion. Your tweet may even appear live

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Step 4. Keep an eye on what's going on online

You can search the Internet for “cool hashtags from Twitter” or “interesting hashtags on Twitter about…” There are many sites that aggregate and share hashtags, making it easier for you to find hashtags on topics that interest you

Also look at apps like Instagram or Pinterest. Searching for interesting hashtags on these sites can lead to great results


  • Do a quick search to see if your latest hashtag is new or if others have used it. If so, there may be some interesting tweets and people to follow.
  • If you come across a hashtag that is an acronym that you can't understand, a quick Google search should give you the answer.

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