What are Hashtags in Twitter ?

Twitter has less number of crowd compare to social networking tool facebook but its huge when we search for a micro blogging tool. After exploring “what is twitter ?“, i started to fall in love with this 140 characters smart texting tool. Yes, even you will, if you have no idea about Twitter and never liked its interface or felt like, can’t understand what twitter is ? I will start with a short introduction about twitter and will explain about twitter hashtag more to suite the title.

Not just that, understanding twitter hashtags will also help you more when you like to search for any specific title, topic, best software, best shops, discount coupons, giveaways and so on.

What is Twitter ?

In short, Twitter is a micro blogging tool that allows you to build a social profile with “Followers”,”Following” as the base concept. People who like to get your tweets displayed on their Twitter Timeline can click on “Follow“. Your friend will also do the same to receive your twitter updates. Its a 140 characters craziness. Ofcourse, its one of the smartest way to communicate. I generally dont like people who talk much. So here you will find people who talk less and that too within 140 characters πŸ˜› sounds great isnt it ?.

You can view your followers list by clicking on “Followers” link in the right side of your Twitter page. Remember, you must click on your twitter name to visit this page. Otherwise Twitter takes you to your Homepage where you will find your Twitter Timeline, Mentions and so on. Thats a realtime twitter tweet update screen. I hope you got some idea about twitter by now. Go to Twitter.com and create an account now.

What is hash tag (#)

Across twitter you may notice a symbol # prefix to certain words, and that is called Hashtags. We generally use hashtags in twitter to categorize the tweets to make it reach to certain group or interested minds. When you perform a search for the recent tweets in search.twitter.com, twitter performs the search in its database with the hashtag easily. Even for people who like to make their tweet visible in Twitter Search, hashtags makes it simple.

Let me show you what it looks like when i search in twitter with the hashtag “microsoft“.

How to Search in Twitter ?

In search.twitter.com you can search the recent tweets with “#” in prefix to find the words that has the hashtag. In Similar way you can search for a keyword without hashtag to just get the keyword added in the recent tweets.

You may notice the Twitter Trending hashtags listed below the search box. That means, so many twitter users are using that hashtag right now to discuss on that specific topic.

Step 2 : In the search box you type the topic which you want to search. It is prefix with # tag and click Search.

The word you are typing is not case sensitive. If you search without the # tag you’ll find the search results which has the words in tweets and not as a topic.

Lets have a look at the difference between “microsoft” and “#microsoft” results on Twitter Search results.

Using Hashtag

  • If you Tweet with an hash tag in your twitter timeline, that tweet will be displayed on the Twitter Search results page when people search for that specific Hashtag you have used.
  • Don’t over-tag a single tweet. Use maximum of 3 three hashtags in a tweet to make it look like a Tweet and not like a Spam Tweet.


In this tweet there are 7 hashtags

  • Hash tags are used to create grouping in twitter and allows you to discuss about a topic. Its almost like sending a Group message using Twitter.

Let me show an example of one such great usage of Twitter Hashtag.

The Hip-Hop music show 106 and Park was discussed in Twitter using the hashtag #NeverThat.

Whow, this is something really huge in numbers. There were 66,000 tweets in total from the time that this show started. This is how the hashtags are used Twitter.


I hope that you like my first “How to” article about Twitter Hashtags. Please do share your views in the comment below, which will help me to understand and write better with my upcoming articles. Thanks for your time.

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About the Author: Robin C

Security Consultant, Engineer, Technology Enthusiast and Blogger.

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3 Comments

  1. Hi Lenin; what do you think about this website I just published about hashtags: hashtagify.me ? I’d like to get as many opinions/criticisms/suggestions as possible!

  2. Twitter is one of the best way to allow you to create social profile with followings, followers and so on. I like twitter because it has a lot of advantages in it πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for sharing your blog post on here πŸ™‚

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