#hashtag – There really IS a purpose behind it

Time to learn about #hashtags. Okay, so I’m a few years behind. So instead of making my way through internet articles to find my answer, I did things the old fashioned way; I asked a Facebook Friend. Now all I need to know is, does it work with a blog?

Rachael Hartman11:02pm 
Rachael Hartman    please help me with my lack of understanding of how hashtags work???
 Rachael’s Friend    Haha what do you want to know They’re stupid first of all
Rachael Hartman     well, what’s the point? what does it do? is it something I should be doing to help my business?
 Rachael’s Friend     It is a way to tie your post in with trending topics. Like on the snow day, people were using the hashtag “icemageddon” or “snowday2014”

Rachael Hartman     okay, but why? does it show up on other people’s pages that liked those other things? how do you find out what the hashtags are?

 Rachael’s Friend      If you click on a hashtag, it pulls up other statuses with the same tag. It actually started on Twitter and it had to do with trending topics. Like a hashtag right now might be Venezuela
So basically, you can see who is talking about certain topics
But lately, people exaggerate them or make them too specific so that nobody else would have the same topic.
Say you posted a pic of your dogs and posted it with the hashtag #puppylove, and someone clicked on that tag, they’d see other statuses of cute dog pics or maybe young couples in love
Rachael Hartman  Ahhh well, to redeem myself somewhat, I did understand the whole exaggeration thing and the joking about the hashtags being overused… But now I get that they actually do have a point thanks!!
Rachael’s Friend   Yeah I use them sarcastically
Rachael Hartman  So, can I use this conversation as a blog post? 🙂

Rachael HartmanRachael Hartman is an experienced writer and author. She has worked as a full-time newspaper reporter, and as a freelance contributor to magazines. She writes high school Sunday school material for Word Aflame Press as well as lessons for Project 7 (P7) student-led Bible Clubs, and blogs for Lady by Design. She enjoys health and exercise, reading, art, and playing with her two dogs Darla and Danny. She owns Our Written Lives of Hope, an online bookstore and publishing house in which she helps others share the message of the hope of Jesus Christ and promotes holistic health. Check out her web site at www.owlofhope.com and link to her on Facebook.

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